How should we respond to the Jefferson student shootings?
Last Friday night, two young men opened fire on a group of Jefferson High School students, wounding six of them. Mayor Sam Adams authorized increased police presence in the area and extended the assignment of additional officers to the bureau's gang intervention unit. The mayor called the shootings an "everybody in Portland problem," but will everybody be part of the solution or will the city follow past practices in addressing these problems? How do you think our city government should respond?
Jo Ann Hardesty is a former state legislator, former executive director of Oregon Action and past board presidentof Portland Community Media as well as a long-time leader in the struggle for racial and economic justice. Dave Mazza is a freelance journalist and former editor of The Portland Alliance who has covered and been involved in Portland's civil rights, environmental, labor and peace movements for over 20 years
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