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Larson Hosts Residents of Hartford's North End in Effort to Stem Urban Gun Violence

October 21, 2015
Press Release

Washington – In July, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) held a forum with residents of Hartford’s North End to hear their thoughts and concerns about the spike in violent crime over the year. Now, Steve Harris, Sam Saylor, Andrew Woods, and a number of community leaders are joining Rep. Larson in Washington for meetings with key federal agencies to learn more about efforts aimed at reducing violence and increasing opportunities for education and employment.

“I am honored to bring Steve Harris, Andrew Woods, Sam Saylor, and the delegation they organized to Washington,” said Larson. “Mr. Harris was instrumental in illustrating the challenges facing the 06120 zip code—one of the poorest zip codes in the First Congressional District. This delegation knows the issues in their community firsthand, and they deserve the chance to share their vision and experiences.”

“From my point of view, this is a great opportunity to talk about the challenges that we face in the 06120 zip code,” said Steve Harris“The folks we have met with through Congressman Larson's office, such as the Departments of Justice, Labor, and the White House among others, have certainly allowed us to explain the unique challenges we face in the North End of Hartford. I think they now have a better idea of what those challenges are. I want to thank congressman Larson for setting these meetings up for us, and I want to thank everyone who joined us in Washington.”

“As the Director of Hartford's My Brother's Keeper initiative, I am very proud of our coalition's advocacy here in Washington as we seek to secure federal support for the 06120 to enhance opportunities for boys and young men of color,” said Andrew Woods

Over the course of their trip, the North End delegation and Rep. Larson will meet with the following agencies:

  • Office of Community Planning and Development in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Employment and Training Administration in the U.S. Department of Labor
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
  • Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention in the U.S. Department of Justice
  • Office of Minority Health in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The trip will culminate with a meeting between Rep. Larson, the North End leaders, and Michael Smith, Special Assistant to the President and Director of My Brother's Keeper (MBK). MBK aims to increase the opportunities for boys and men of color by ensuring they have ample resources from the private, public, and philanthropic to succeed in school, college, and the workforce. More information on the program can be found at: