pictured:Rev. Giles, of the Buffalo Peacemakers makes remarks during the recent announcement.
New York State Senator Tim Kennedy, New York State Assembly Majority Leader Crystal Peoples-Stokes, Senator Sean Ryan, and Assemblymember Jon Rivera recently gathered to announce $65,000 in state funding for the Stop The Violence Coalition and $154,000 for the Buffalo Peacemakers to address the rise of gun violence in the City of Buffalo.
•Stop The Violence Coalition (STVC) is a collaboration of community-based organizations formed in 2004 in response to the overwhelming number of homicides in the city of Buffalo. Their mission is to stop the violence plaguing our neighborhoods and to take the initiative to make our city a safer place to live. The Coalition’s work occurs on the street – intervening where conflicts arise.
•The Buffalo Peacemakers Violence and Gang Intervention Program is a group of volunteers and part-time staff members who formed in 2007 to provide proactive intervention into the cycle of violence in the lives of gang-involved or at-risk youth in Buffalo. The $219,000 in funding secured by the state legislators will support the organizations by helping them expand to additional Buffalo neighborhoods and increasing their outreach efforts to address the root causes of violence in the community.