In 2009, Councilor Jay Roberson attended a funeral of a male teenager who died to a senseless violent act. The young man was a former student of his wife, Niva. The 100 Days of Nonviolence program was inspired by that tragedy. Councilor Roberson rallied church, community and school leaders to join the youth cause to promote nonviolence in Birmingham. The 100 Days of Nonviolence initiative challenges and equips our youth to be advocates for crime and violence reduction from October to January each year.
100 Days of Nonviolence is effective. Since its inception, no one under the age of 18 has been killed during the 100 Days of Nonviolence. This is not an accident. When youth rally the community together, and they respond with a pledge for stopping violence, people take note and things happen.
Check out the action plan below.