Faith to Fight Gang Violence
Top of Mind with Julie Rose - Radio Archive, Episode 851 , Segment 4
Episode: Opioid Misconceptions, Electric Scooters, Faith and Gang Violence
- Jul 9, 2018 11:00 pm
- 18:22 mins
Guest: Rev. Eugene F. Rivers, III, Co-Founder, Boston TenPoint Coalition It’s been called the Boston Miracle. Back in the early 1990s, murders in Boston hit an all-time high. Most of the killings were a result of drugs and gang-related violence. When gang members attacked mourners inside the church where a funeral was being held for a young homicide victim, the Boston’s religious leaders took a stand. They formed the TenPoint Coalition to tackle the violence head on. And it worked – from a high of more than 150 murders in 1990, killings dropped to 31 by 1999.