TCWF Conference on Violence Prevention and California Peace Prize (Agenda Page)

TCWF Conference on Violence Prevention
and California Peace Prize Dinner

November 17-18, 2011
San Francisco, California

Conference Agenda

5:30 p.m. Reception
6:30 p.m. California Peace Prize Dinner
8:00 p.m. Closing Remarks/Adjourn

8:00 a.m. Registration and Breakfast
9:00 a.m. Welcome & Keynote
11:00 a.m. Session I Concurrent Workshops
12:30 p.m. Lunch
2:00 p.m. Session II Concurrent Workshops
3:30 p.m. Networking
4:30 p.m. Conference Close



Barking to the Choir: Gangs and Healthy Communities of Kinship
Father Greg Boyle
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Homeboy Industries



Building Positive Community–Law Enforcement Relationships to Crime and Violence Prevention
Many law enforcement agencies have embraced the idea that “we cannot arrest our way out of violence” and that a genuine partnership with community stakeholders is required to achieve sustainable crime and violence reduction. Even during a time of fiscal constraints, some law enforcement agencies have established innovative strategies and programs to develop more positive and longer-term partnerships with community stakeholders. This panel will introduce programs in different jurisdictions from the perspectives of both law enforcement and communities. Panelists will address how these efforts are incorporating public health data for a more comprehensive approach to community policing—in program design and as well as implementation—and the challenges in building a positive community-law enforcement partnership.

Susan Lee
Director of Urban Peace
Advancement Project

Ronald L. Davis
Chief of Police
City of East Palo Alto

Patrick Gannon
Deputy Chief
Los Angeles Police Department

Howard Jordan
Interim Chief
Oakland Police Department

Anne Marks
Executive Director
Youth Alive!

Cheryl Newman-Tarwater
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department


California Corrections Realignment: Impacts & Opportunities
When AB 109 went into effect on October 1, we experienced one of the most significant changes in California's criminal justice system in decades. The plan shifts responsibility from the state to counties for the custody, treatment and supervision of individuals convicted of nonviolent crimes. But how does realignment impact local communities? This panel will explore realignment’s consequences and opportunities for those working in the field of violence prevention.

James Bell
Founder & Executive Director
W. Haywood Burns Institute

Daniel Macallair
Executive Director
Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice

David Muhammad
Chief Probation Officer
Alameda County Probation Department

Marjorie Rist
Chief Probation Officer
Yolo County Probation Department


Coordinating Policy Campaigns to Prevent Violence and Build Safe, Strong Neighborhoods
Community leaders, practitioners and advocates have been working for years to address root causes of violence in low-income communities of color. This panel of policy and organizing leaders will discuss the need to align and promote key violence-prevention policy agendas. Policy areas to be addressed include K-12 education, jobs and workforce development, youth development, community gang intervention/violence prevention and trauma-informed health policy.

Ruben Lizardo
Deputy Director

Barrie Becker
State Director
Fight Crime: Invest in Kids California

Sammy Nunez
Executive Director
Fathers and Families of San Joaquin

Robert Phillips

John Torres
Director of Programs
Youth ALIVE!

Education or Incarceration: Zero Tolerance Policies and the School to Prison Pipeline
In the past decade, there has been a growing convergence between schools and legal systems. The school to prison pipeline refers to this growing pattern of tracking students out of educational institutions, primarily via "zero tolerance" policies, and, directly or indirectly, into the juvenile and adult criminal justice systems. Studies show when a student is suspended, the likelihood of future incarceration and violence, as a victim or perpetrator, sharply increases. Panel presentations will examine whether these polices increase suspensions and expulsions, elevate dropout rates, and multiple legal issues related to due process. Panelists will also explore successful alternatives.

Fania Davis
Executive Director
Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth (RJOY)

Eric Butler

RJ School Coordinator, West Oakland
Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth (RJOY)

Manuel Criollo
Director of Organizing
Labor/Community Strategy Center

Laura Faer
Education Rights Director
Public Counsel Law Center

Loretta Middleton
Senior Director
San Diego County Office of Education

Jobs Not Jails: Mentoring, Re-entry & Social Enterprise for Jobs in the New Economy
From pundits and presidential candidates to the woman on the street, everyone is talking about jobs. Creating high-quality accessible jobs, job training and workforce connections should be major components of a strategy for reducing crime and violence in communities—particularly for high-risk community members, such as formerly incarcerated adults, parolees and youth who have dropped out of high school. This panel explores the following topics: job generation, career guidance and training as key violence prevention strategies; barriers and incentives encountered in working with traditional employers; training and mentoring underserved populations for job readiness; and building social enterprises that provide jobs for target communities when employers can’t or won’t fill the gap.

Diana Fox
Executive Director
Reach Out

Erick Cerda
Employment Resource Coordinator
Los Angeles County Probation Adult Day Reporting Center

Rosa Penaloza
Project Director
ResCare Workforce Services: Chair of Riverside County Council for Youth Development

Veronica Vargas
Chief Operating Officer
Homeboy Industries


Positive Youth Development: A New Framework for Juvenile Justice
David Muhammad
Chief Probation Officer, Alameda County Probation Department

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Gun Violence in California: A Prevention Success Story
In 1993, approximately 1,400 young Californians between the ages of 12 and 24 were killed as a result of firearm violence. This session will present epidemiologic data on firearm homicides and injuries for this age group, which have declined by 54 percent and 61 percent, respectively, since 1991. The session will also include background information on statewide gun violence and local and state gun laws.

Robyn Thomas
Executive Director
Legal Community Against Violence

Roger Trent
Chief, Injury Surveillance and Epidemiology
California Department of Public Health

How State and Federal Policy Shifts Impact Juvenile Justice and Youth Violence Prevention Programs in California
State and federal budget cuts have threatened the survival of youth crime and violence prevention programs in California. This session will provide an overview of policy and budget changes impacting these community efforts. Join us for: updates on California realignment budgets affecting juvenile justice and youth gang and violence prevention programs; related federal budget and policy developments; and new funding opportunities, such as California public health grants. We will encourage discussion about the policy and advocacy challenges that lie ahead for violence prevention stakeholders.

Rachel Davis
Managing Director
Prevention Institute

David Steinhart
Commonweal Juvenile Justice Program

Planning Comprehensively to Prevent Violence
This panel will discuss strategies for addressing violence and other public safety issues in neighborhood settings. Safe communities are vital to community building and neighborhood revitalization. Speakers will focus on multidisciplinary partnerships, balanced approaches, and data driven strategies.

Ruben Gonzales
Senior Advisor
Center for the Study of Social Policy

Kristine Breese
Director of Strategic Partnerships
Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation

Sandra Flores
Senior Program Officer
Fresno Regional Foundation

Junious Williams
Urban Strategies Council

Iris Zuniga
Chief Operating Officer
Youth Policy Institute

Silence the Violence: A Case Study in Using Social Media and Youth Culture to Build a Movement
The Silence the Violence campaign has helped build a movement to bring peace to the streets in the Bay Area and beyond. Utilizing a mix of social activism and street culture, Silence the Violence brings together individuals, community organizations, businesses, elected officials and local performing artists to motivate young people. Strategies include creating a pop-up music studio for youth to produce a peace-and-unity album and an interactive billboard campaign asking for community solutions to violence. This session explores the successes and challenges of harnessing new technologies to reach the next generation of leaders and teach violence prevention in a language that speaks to them.

Nicole Lee
Executive Director
Urban Peace Movement

Misha Olivas
Director of Programs
United Playaz

Jhamel Robinson / J-Milli-On
Youth Leader

Additional resources such as session handouts will be posted after the conference.

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