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President Biden Visits LIC School to Learn About Programs Aimed at Stopping Violence

President Joe Biden visited a Long Island City elementary school Thursday to learn more about how community intervention programs can combat violent crime (Photo by Michael Appleton/Mayoral Photography Office)

Feb. 4, 2022 By Michael Dorgan

President Joe Biden visited a Long Island City elementary school Thursday to learn more about how community intervention programs can combat violent crime.

Biden visited P.S. 111 Jacob Blackwell, located at 37-15 13th St., to meet with school principal Dionne Jaggon and local violence interrupter teams tasked with de-escalating conflicts before they turn violent. The elementary school is situated between the Queensbridge and Ravenswood Houses– two NYCHA complexes where there have been several shootings in the past two years.

The president was joined by Gov. Kathy Hochul, Mayor Eric Adams, Queens DA Melinda Katz, Council Member Julie Won and other local leaders. His visit comes at a time when crime in New York City is on the rise. For instance, there were 100 shootings in January, up from the same period last year when 76 were reported.

Jaggon told Biden that the violence interrupter teams – operated by a non-profit group called Community Capacity Development (CCD) — had significantly reduced violence levels at the school, which had around 330 students enrolled last year.

The violence interrupter teams, Jaggon told Biden, use tools such as conflict mediation—which have made the school safer.

She said the CCD has also joined forces with the school to address food insecurity, financial illiteracy and a lack of after-school programming for students.

“As a school, we went from being persistently dangerous to a school in good standing and that happens with the power of partners,” Jaggon said.

Biden, wearing a black-colored mask, could be seen listening intently and directed several questions to Jaggon and members of the violence interrupter teams.

The president asked questions about the level of parental involvement at the school. Biden said that schools with low levels of violence often have a high parent participation rate.

“I know a lot about schools and one of the most difficult things… is the lack of participation of the parents,” Biden said.

President Joe Biden speaks to principal Dionne Jaggon (L) and K. Bain, the founder of CCD (C) (Photo by Michael Appleton/Mayoral Photography Office)

  1. K. Bain, the founder of CCD, said that when educational and health needs in a community are not met, it often leads to violence. He said that community partnership programs, such as those with P.S. 111, are a model for the rest of the nation.

Biden reiterated his concerns surrounding parental involvement before Bain said that CCD also has outreach workers who act as “semi-guardians” for some high-risk young people in the community.

Meanwhile, Won said that the partnership between P.S. 111 and CCD shows that violence can be solved when compassion is combined with community investment.

“We can’t continue to meet violence with violence, we must recognize the undeniable power of a strong community in resolving the root causes of violence,” Won said in a statement.

“Organizations like CCD equip young people to not just interrupt violence but to prevent violence.”

President Joe Biden pictured at P.S. 111 in Long Island City Thursday (Michael Appleton/Mayoral Photography Office)

K. Bain, the founder of CCD (L) speaks to President Joe Biden (R) in Queens Thursday (Michael Appleton/Mayoral Photography Office)

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Let's go Brandon!

Lefty commie sympathizers love to shill for Joe Brandon Biden on this webpage. Crime is on the increase in the USA thanks to the gangsters supporting defund the police. Yes, they are Democrats. As for Joe Biden being a decent man, ask him where Hunter Biden’s laptop is and tell him to stop sniffing hair!

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There is stupid then there is Fox Stupid

Brandon Lover – You’ve spent enough time away from the alter of the ego maniac you worship. At least Hunter Biden has credentials like a BA from Georgetown University and a Jurist Doctor from Yale University. To anybody but today’s Republican Party this speaks volume on character, dedication and plain old hard work. As much as I don’t agree with the new criminal reform policies that have been implemented in many places I can tell you, you are flat out wrong, yet again on your claims or crime wouldn’t be spiking in Alaska, Idaho or Oklahoma. Rural, suburban and urban areas in those almost exclusively Republican states has skyrocketed and there was no defunding the police in any of those places. Why should President Biden know where his adult sons lap top is? Do your parents know what you do with your lap top? A Trumper is the last person who should ever introduce hair into the conversation.

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Biden still beat Trump by tens of millions

Leftie commie sympathizers like Tucker Carlson…Are you a REPUBLICON robot?No ideas, no discussion just jingles and catch phrases.

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Thanks for the advice

Took your advice and googled “Democratic” controlled US cities and found the only thing worse then a Democratic controlled city is a Republican controlled city.

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Is violence really that big a problem in lic

As opposed to… Oh, I don’t know… MOTT HAVEN Bronx??? Harlem???

I think violence and violent crimes are a much bigger problem there than lic.

Not saying that lic DOESN’T have a problem, but priorities, people.

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eddie

one short year and look at the mess were in.
LIC would’ve not shown up if it were possible for LIC to be somewhere else
Like all the other politicians do when he lands his plane in their city

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David

Yes Eddie, in one short year : Biden’s policies have given the US Economy growth it hasn’t seen in over 40 years. Millions of jobs created. An infrastructure deal. Stock markets that have hit record levels. In just one short year.

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There is stupid then there is Fox Stupid

Lucky – Kindly, revisit your sources. Your post is flat out wrong. According to the Global Peace Index, the United States is the 128th-safest country in the world out of 163 countries.
The 10 most violent US States are all Republican
1. Mississippi
2. Louisiana
3. Florida
4. Arkansas
5. Texas
6. Oklahoma
7. Missouri
8. Alabama
9. Georgia
10. South Carolina
Here are the 10 states with the highest homicide rates:
Louisiana (12.4 per 100k)
Missouri (9.8 per 100k)
Nevada (9.1 per 100k)
Maryland (9 per 100k)
Arkansas (8.6 per 100k)
Alaska (8.4 per 100k)
Alabama (8.3 per 100k)
Mississippi (8.2 per 100k)
Illinois (7.8 per 100k)
South Carolina (7.8 per 100k).
The safest states in the U.S. are Maine, Vermont, and Minnesota.

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Lucky number 7 train

so your saying that bail reform and not prosecuting criminals, disbanding police units that go after illegal guns and gangs. The defund the police movement has nothing to do with the rise in crime. ok

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Lucky number 7 train

yes, the crime is really bad in areas controlled by Democrats in Republican states like st Louis a democrat city in a Republican state.

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been thru this before

all the crime in those states are in the cities that are run by democrats…nice try though!!! Thank god your not fox stupid!!!

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Call out on those who treat politics as band wagon banner waving pep rally

Been through it before as well- I sent you the state breakdown of crime in 50 US States by county and in most states rural counties were at the top. Fact! Just google it the information is out there. Just how many Democratic controlled municipalities are in Oklahoma and Alaska?

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https://worldpopulationreview.com/us-city-rankings/murder-rate-by-city

Cities with highest murder rates:
1. St. Louis, MO – Mayor Tishaura Jones -Dem.
2. Baltimore,MD – Mayor Brandon Scott – Dem.
3. Detroit, MI – Mayor Mike Dugan – Dem.
4. New Orleans, LA – Mayor LaToya Cantrell – Dem.
5. Baton Rouge, LA – Mayor Sharon Weston Broome – Dem.
6. Memphis, TN – Mayor Jim Strickland – Dem.
7. Dayton, OH – MayorJeffrey Mims Jr. – Dem.
8. Shreveport, LA – Mayor Adrian Perkins – Dem.
9. West Palm Beach, FL – Mayor Keith James – ( Non – Part.)
10. Washington D.C. – Mayor Muriel Bowser – Dem.

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There is stupid then there is Fox Stupid

I will be providing Republican States with the highest murder rates and Republican states with lowest wages (all RTW States). I will list all Republican States with worst educational performance. Since Democrats don’t appear on any list. Hahaha
1-Mississippi
2. Louisiana
3. Florida
4. Arkansas
5. Texas
6. Oklahoma
7. Missouri
8. Alabama
9. Georgia
10. South Ca

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Lucky number 7 train

Top 20 cities with the most crime in america all have Democrat Mayors.
That number continues higher too.
Stop with the games. I’m sick of both parties to many games and division and I got ya! not enough fix issues and common sense.

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thanks for the agreement

please check all the minority-majority school districts in those states that are low performing…all run by dems…trying to gaslight Americans is not working….the Canadian truckers have uncorked the genie…it will be a wipeout for dems and their radical policies in the midterms…see you in the burbs…please say high to brad and becky for me

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There is stupid then there is Fox Stupid

When you’re doing a comprehensive analysis you’re suppose to use all elements of a dataset not just one party. Next time use some Republican run cities in your comparison. I’ll make your life easier, yet again and paste some. Jacksonville, FL. (R) Lenny Curry
Fort Worth, TX (R) Mattie Parker
Oklahoma City, OK (R) David Holt
Fresno, CA (R) Jerry Dyer
Mesa, AZ (R) John Giles
Virginia Beach, (R)VA Bob Dyer
Colorado Springs, (R) CO John W. Suthers
Omaha, NE (R) Jean Stothert
Miami, FL (R) Francis Suarez
Tulsa OK, (R) GT Bynum
Bakersfield, CA (R) Karen Goh
Aurora, CO (R) Mike Coffman
Anaheim, CA (R) Harry Sudbury
Lexington, KY (R) Linda Gorton
Anchorage, AK (R) David Bro

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Lucky number 7 train

everyone just google for yourself “top 10 cities with the highest crime in the United States” then look at what party controls those cities.
you will find them all Democrat run cities some in Republican states. The list goes on past top ten.

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Republican Gas lighting bandwagon jumping banner wavers

@Lucky7 I took your advice and googled a couple of Republican controlled cities., With a crime rate of 61 per one thousand residents, Tulsa, OK has one of the highest crime rates in America compared to all communities of all sizes – from the smallest towns to the very largest cities. One’s chance of becoming a victim of either violent or property crime here is one in 16.

Anchorage has one of the highest overall crime rates of any U.S. city. For comparison, the national total crime rate is 2,489 incidents for every 100,000 people. Anchorage’s overall crime rate is 46% higher than the overall crime rate in Alaska.
https://247wallst.com › city › crime-…

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Gaslight

Hahaha The ideological right winger posting here is giving himself responses. I love his support for all 8 of those Canadian truckers. Hahaha Cult TV Fan.

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Trumper is trying to fool us

You’re suppose to wait for your comment to post before commenting on it. Your comments and support to those comments post together. Unless you’re psychic.. Are you psychic?

ANOTHER racist Trump lover?!

Now I’ve seen everything! Thanks for posting your sources rikki…oh right you don’t have any evidence at all!

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TDS is real.

Seriously dude, you really drank the DNC/CNN/MSNBC Kool-Aid. No actually, I think you are taking it intravenously.

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Fox Propaganda is harming Americans

TDS- Yours is a classic cult member conditioned response. Default to cult enemies instead of discussing or debating the comment.

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Hello

What a waste of time. We all know why there is an increase in crime. Bail reform,
cancelling special tactical police units, demonizing the police and it goes on and on. All implemented by liberal democracies (AKA socialists) & now everyone’s wondering how we can fix the problem when we already had a solution. Just remember when you are voting in the midterms this November. Will you vote for a politician that ensures your personal safety by writing sensible policies on crime or a politician that favors criminals and a soft on crime approach. if you vote for the latter then you deserve everything you get if you become a victim of crime.

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