Katz (left) met with activists David Hogg (second from left) and Emma Gonzalez (right) and LIFE Camp founder Erica Ford (third from left) at LIFE Camp in Jamaica on Aug. 11. Hogg and Gonzalez survived a shooting inside at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL and have galvanized movements to limit access to guns and to promote civic engagement among young people. Twitter photo courtesy of Melinda Katz.

On Target for a Cure: The Strength of a Public Health Response to Gun Violence in America

Rethink gun violence not simply as a criminal justice issue, but as a public health issue that needs a public health response. Here in Queens and at select sites across New York, we’ve been doing exactly that, treating gun violence not simply as a crime to be prevented, but more realistically as a disease to be cured. And the outcome data are clear—this approach is the solution that works.

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Katz (left) met with activists David Hogg (second from left) and Emma Gonzalez (right) and LIFE Camp founder Erica Ford (third from left) at LIFE Camp in Jamaica on Aug. 11. Hogg and Gonzalez survived a shooting inside at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL and have galvanized movements to limit access to guns and to promote civic engagement among young people. Twitter photo courtesy of Melinda Katz.

Seen in Queens: Borough President Melinda Katz Meets Parkland Survivors

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz (left) met with school shooting survivor-turned-activists David Hogg (second from left) and Emma Gonzalez (right) and LIFE Camp founder Erica Ford (third from left) at LIFE Camp in Jamaica on Aug. 11.

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Legal Aid attorneys Melissa Ader and Emma Goodman explain the conviction sealing law. Eagle photo by Andy Katz

25 Took First Step to Second Chance at LIFE Camp

Roughly 25 Queens residents visited Life Camp in Jamaica to take the first step toward a second chance Monday night.

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz and the Legal Aid Society hosted the first installment of “Know Your Rights Week,” a series of confidential workshops to help New Yorkers with certain 10-year-old, non-violent convictions apply to have their records sealed under a 2017 state law.

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