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Stories about kids, guns and how to stop the violence. Precious Lives, created by 371 Productions, is a 2-year, 100-part weekly radio series about gun violence and young people in the Milwaukee area. The series applies a public health lens to each story to help listeners understand the full scope of the problem: who are the victims and the shooters; how are the weapons obtained; and what can we change about the environment that contributes to violence in Milwaukee?

#097 Precious Lives: An Urban Ministry

Rick Wood | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Patricia Larry, mother of Darius Simmons, center is joined by Bishop Tavis Grant, right, (with glasses) national field director for the Rainbow PUSH Coalition as the family is escorted into church for the funeral of Darius Simmons.

Violence clusters like an infectious disease. But you can also feel it when you walk into certain community spaces, like All People’s Churchin Milwaukee.

Precious Lives has featured All People’s before in our series - after 24-year-old member Isiah Johnson survived two separate shootings in one year.

However, Isiah is far from the only one in the congregation affected by violence. So, if you’re Pastor Steve Jerbi, who leads All People’s Church, what do you say to your congregation? A congregation that habitually experiences violence?

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