Senator Myron D. Jackson expressed concern with recent incidents of gun violence in Hospital Ground, Bovoni, Estate Thomas and Smith Bay that have erupted across the territory at a time when the community has a higher level of anxiety due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He encourages the public to attend an upcoming townhall on the subject, entitled #DearUSVI, which will be held at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, April 29. It will stream live on the NiteCap Media Facebook page at www.facebook.com/NiteCapMedia.
The event will be hosted by award-winning filmmaker Peter Bailey – who produced the documentary “Paradise Discovered: The Unbreakable Virgin Islanders,” and it will feature other presenters to include Sen. Jackson, Police Commissioner Trevor Velinor, Pastor Gilford Monrose of the University of the Virgin Islands Center for Spirituality and Professionalism, and Dr. Celia Victor of the Bureau of Corrections.
“As we seek measures to curb gun violence, the active patrolling of neighborhoods makes a visible difference in providing a level of comfort and confidence to the community,” Jackson said, following the Police Department’s recent stakeout of Hospital Ground. “As we move forward, we ask our community to remain vigilant, and ‘if you see something, say something.’”
During the town hall, the senator will discuss his proposed legislation, Bill No. 33-0126, to establish an Office of Gun Violence Prevention. The goal is to create an office that brings together governmental and non-profit agencies with wrap-around service providers to address the issue through a comprehensive approach that highlights the importance of providing recreational, vocational and economic opportunities for youth.
“As a community it is crucial that we stand together against gun violence. Our police department cannot do it alone. We look forward to engaging with our community at the upcoming townhall,” said Jackson. “No one should have to suffer loss in these tragic ways.”