Are There Lessons to Be Learned?

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By: Pete Hutchison, YES Program Manager and Flint resident Sitting in my office in Flint, Michigan reflecting on the tragedy that has taken place in Connecticut,  I’m not sure what to make of it.  After spending 39 years trying to prevent violence generally and youth violence specifically, it seems that there should be something profound to say.  Yet as I …

Shutting Out the World: Preventing Violence in Flint

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By: Pete Hutchison, YES Program Director The real frustration of the current rate of violence in Flint is that there are so many concerned people working to prevent it.  There are active neighborhood groups, collaborations amongst the faith community, a multitude of youth serving organizations meeting together and looking for solutions.  Yet with all of this we still can’t seem …

Hands 4 Peace

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By: Pete Hutchison, YES Program Director It seems as a culture we are incredibly adept at using our hands for destructive purposes.  We often couch these activities in the cloak of competitiveness, the will to succeed, the survival of the fittest, pulling ourselves up by our boot straps and so on.  Taken on face value these are all good things, …

Creating Peaceful Communities

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By: Pete Hutchison, YES Program Director   “Peace is not an absence of war; it is a virtue, a state of  mind, a disposition for benevolence, confidence, justice.”      -Baruch Spinoza Most often public health focuses on prevention. Yet, when it comes to violence we need to look beyond just prevention and develop ideas for creating peaceful communities. In order to …