Gang Intervention Program Calls for More Support

Samantha Page (Venice Patch) | June 28, 2011

In the wake of a shooting last week in which two young men were killed and another injured, the co-founder of a local gang intervention program says it needs more support from the Venice community.

Stan Muhammad’s V2K HELPER Foundation (formerly Venice2000) is a 12-year-old nonprofit organization in Venice and West L.A. that provides gang intervention and prevention services. Its name is an acronym for Help Establish Learning, Peace, Economics and Righteousness.

“We can continue to sweep things under the rug, but it’s time to hold people accountable. It’s time for people to come out and pay attention to what is going on in their backyards, so we can avoid what happened 20 years ago,” Muhammad said.

The shooting last week raised concerns among many residents that another gang war was imminent.

During the summer of 1994, at least 17 people, many of whom had no ties to gangs, were killed when a gang war broke out. The violence was centered in the Oakwood section of Venice, where black and Latino gangs reportedly fought for control over drug traffic.

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