Russell Simmons Suggests Unarmed Mediators in Schools
Funding and attention should be given to minority communities as well, he said.
Along side NYC Council members Leroy Comrie and Ruben Wills, Russell Simmons called for funding for unarmed peacemakers in schools rather than armed guards. In a press conference on City Hall’s steps, the Hip Hop mogul emphasized the important of focusing on “underserved communities.”
"The recent Sandy Hook incident put gun violence in the forefront but there's a Sandy Hook every weekend in Chicago,” he said. He cited one weekend in Chicago when 56 young people were shot, saying that they seem to be left out of the conversation when it comes to protecting the community. More specifically, he asked for funding for nonprofit organizations like Life Camp, Man up, and I Love My Life that support his suggestion for unarmed mediators.