From Miracle to PACT

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Two words notably missing from the Building Peace in Boston mobile workshop of the 2012 NLC Congress of Cities: Miracle, and Ceasefire.

Twenty years ago, Boston and indeed the nation celebrated a community-police collaboration that brought the number of youth homicides to zero for two years running. Some called this the Boston Miracle; some called the supporting strategy CeaseFire. Cities around the country sought to replicate Boston’s approach and results.

Today, on its own initiative and as a participant in the National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention, Boston is not resting on its aging laurels. For instance, five city agencies and 13 partner community-based organizations have substantially deepened and broadened their violence reduction efforts via People Advancing Communities Together or PACT, with a relentless focus on the 300 young men who are most likely to cause or suffer from firearm violence. The city Public Health Commission serves as the coordinating hub, bringing its persuasive perspective on violence as a public health issue.

Boston’s PACT is not alone in its violent-cohort approach (see also: Philadelphia), nor in its commitment to a truly comprehensive violence reduction strategy blending prevention, intervention, and enforcement. What stands out is the ongoing reinvention, marked by refreshing and redirecting strategies and msking partnerships more inclusive.
(see also: Philadelphia), nor in its commitment to a truly comprehensive violence reduction strategy blending prevention, intervention, and enforcement. What stands out is the ongoing reinvention, marked by refreshing and redirecting strategies and msking partnerships more inclusive.