Episode | #033

Promoting Peace, Not Youth Violence Prevention

Amidst the various organizations, discussion panels and anti-gun summits to “end the violence” in Milwaukee, Fidel Verdin is trying something different. He says that language focused on guns and violence promotes bad behavior rather than prevents it. That’s why he co-founded Summer of Peace, a city-wide youth rally to promote positive things that young people do in the city like music, dance, poetry and art. But to promote the positive people have to see it, and Fidel knows the perfect venues: vacant lots.

Fidel Verdin, co-founder of Summer of Peace, with his two children at the Peace Park and Garden he created. Photo by Paul Kjelland.


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Transform Vacant Lots

There are many vacant city-owned lots in Milwaukee. If you are interested in learning how to transform one into a community park or a place to grow food, you can find information and resources here.