Mission: Our mission is to motivate andmobilize communities to take a proactive approach to reducing homicidesand the senseless violence occurring in our cities.
Programs: ROOT Programs and Events 2007The GUNS ASIDE CampaignGun violence is at epidemic proportions, both locally and nationally, within our communities. Death by gun violence is the number one killer of African American males between the ages of 15-34; suicide rates, previously considered a problem prevalent among whites; are rising at alarming proportions among black teenagers. This campaign takes a proactive approach to reducing these incidents.Chief Ramsey's Homicide Survivors' Task ForceA quarterly meeting between Chief Ramsey, top level police officials and homicide officers, justice department, government agencies, and organizations and individuals directly involved in homicide related issues. Candid dialogue and discourse about collaborating to reduce incidents of homicide, foster better cooperation between community and police, and assist victims of homicide.WPFW -89.3FMIn an effort to help reduce Gun Violence WPFW has teamed up with ROOT Inc. to conduct forums once per month at schools within the metropolitan area. These forums will be broadcast live on the radio.Community Level Change ProjectA collaboration between the University of the District of Columbia, Howard University, Dr. Maxwell Manning, University of Maryland, Dr. Christopher Thompson, Boston Police Department, and ROOT. This is a collaboration developing initiatives to affect change at the community level. A proposal was created and sent to the Center for Disease Control, as well as distributed to some officials in the District government.Community in ActionA collaboration between ROOT, government agencies, various organizations, Dr. Christopher Thompson, to develop a method to reduce violence at the community level with input, direction, and driven by the community it seeks to serve. A concept paper has been drafted and distributed to various DC government officials as well as member of the city council.ROOT/NOBLE Police Community Relations ProjectThere us a huge disconnect between community and police, and perhaps even greater between youth and police. This model being developed by ROOT and NOBLE will not only address these issues but issues of police themselves being able to cope in an ever increasing, dangerous, and hostile environment and their stress related issues. The ultimate goal is to shorten this disconnect as well as address issues and concerns of the individual officers.ROOT School SeminarsROOT has developed a workshop for schools that directly addresses the issues of subliminal messaging.ROOT WorkshopsROOT has developed a workshop presentation and has presented at conferences to include NOBLE?s annual conference and Department of Housing.Annual EventsGuns Aside Day at Laurel Raceway,Victims Rights Week,Annual Fathers Day Commemoration Ceremony,Guns Aside Day at Hart Middle School,