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Building on what’s working against Bridgeport violence

Gun violence seems to be up across the nation and Connecticut; why not in Bridgeport? Using “Credible Messengers,” StreetSafe Bridgeport directly seeks out youth who are at the highest risk of becoming a shooter or a victim. Credible messengers utilize restorative practices to transform the lives of gang-involved youth. Led by Bridgeport-born and raised Ebony […]

Ebony Epps Appointed to State Commission on Gun Violence

Senator Looney appointed Ebony Epps to the Commission on Community Gun Violence Intervention and Prevention. The newly established Commission on Community Gun Violence Intervention and Prevention held its inaugural meeting on Wednesday, August 31, 2022, in Hartford. The commission is tasked with advising the Connecticut Department of Public Health on a new statewide community gun […]

Senators Murphy & Blumenthal Earmark $362,000 in Federal Grants for RYASAP

Connecticut Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy standing in front of the Capitol Building in Washington DC

The Senate Appropriations Committee earmarked two grants totaling $362,000 for the fiscal year 2023 for RYASAP. StreetSafe Bridgeport would receive $237,000, and $125,000 would go towards Social Emotional Learning programming at Bridgeport Public Schools. The funding for StreetSafe, which comes from the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill, will help RYASAP continue to […]

Bridgeport community holds prayer vigil to mark city’s 13th homicide

StreetSafe Bridgeport and other community members came together Friday to pray after Kazmaire Dorsey, a member of the organization, died from his injuries after being shot earlier this month. “He was an amazing spirit, an amazing soul, difficult at times when he was a kid. and he was going to get over it, but we didn’t get […]

100-plus people packed Norwalk City Hall to demand an end to gun violence in CT

U.S. Rep Jim Himes, D-4 speaking

A panel consisting of local gun control advocates, a Quinnipiac University professor, domestic violence survivor advocates, Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling and U.S. Rep Jim Himes, D-4, had gathered to publicly discuss the passage of the federal bipartisan gun legislation. StreetSafe Bridgeport’s Ebony Epps was in attendance, urging officials to make their presence known, work to end […]

Governor Lamont Talks Violence Intervention Legislation Proposal

A new bill proposal from Gov. Ned Lamont looks to tackle violence while establishing community intervention programs around the state. StreetSafe Bridgeport’s Aquil Crooks was at the event in Waterbury with Gov. Lamont and spoke with NBC Connecticut about the prevalence of gun violence and the importance of working with young people and to initiate […]