The California Violence Intervention Program (CalVIP) is a critical component of our state's public safety agenda. We're urging state leaders to protect CalVIP this year to continue support for violence prevention efforts across the state.
Oakland is a prime example of the impact these local, community-based organizations could have with funding from CalVIP. From 2015-2017, the state provided $1.5 million to Oakland Ceasefire; since the group's launch, the city has seen a 43% drop in homicides and a 49% drop in non-fatal shooting injuries.
Change starts at the local level, and by maintaining the current CalVIP funding, we can create a safer future for communities across California.