D.C. Council member Trayon White has scheduled a news conference for Friday at 4:30 p.m. at the John A. Wilson Building in Northwest to announce an initiative to combat crime and violence in Ward 8.
White is expected to present a comprehensive strategy on how he plans to tackle crime through the launch of the Red Ribbon Cease Fire Initiative, part of an ongoing effort to promote peace in the ward.
The initiative will include partnerships with District businesses, schools, faith-based organizations, nonprofits, and community partners working in concert to end violence and inspire unity in Ward 8, White said.
“The shootings and stabbings we’ve consistently experienced in our community is unacceptable and we will do everything in our power to demand peace and safety for our District residents,” White said in a statement. “We must disrupt the chain of violence and change behaviors in our city to promote peace and safety for all of our community residents and families.”
The goal of the initiative will be to raise awareness and accountability among community members about their roles in ending shootings and murders in the community.
White said he’ll highlight ways to work together to “end street violence, prevent killings, promote peaceful resolution, change community norms and enhance public safety in Ward 8.”