#033 Precious Lives: Promoting Peace, Not Youth Violence Prevention

Aug 25, 2015

Fidel Verdin, co­founder of Summer of Peace, watering plants at the Peace Park and Garden he created.
Credit Paul Kjelland

Amidst the various organizations, discussion panels and anti­gun 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 co­founded Summer of Peace, a city­wide 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.