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Mayor Ras Baraka joined Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and leading community safety experts on Thursday to announce the formation of a first-in-the-nation association of community-based public safety and violence prevention programs. The Community Based Public Safety Association (CBPSA) will be comprised of key leaders and organizations representing major U.S. cities, connecting efforts from across the country to help advance pathways to safety that complement policing and reform the criminal justice system at a national scale. CBPSA will work to secure increased support to fund and build the capacity of public health-based violence prevention programs, which are essential to achieving and reimagining safety, especially in low-income communities and communities of color. As part of its efforts, CBPSA will educate policymakers, elected and appointed leaders, and the public about the critical role community-based public safety organizations in reducing violence, while working to professionalize the sector’s workforce through employment benefits and professional development. Read more (via Patch.com)