|Councilman Fernando Cabrera|
That's why on Wednesday, Cabrera will introduce a resolution in the Council calling on Congress to act on H.R. 3526, which seeks to "develop a comprehensive gang violence prevention strategy." Cabrera says it will also provide funding for nonprofit groups that already work to prevent gang violence or would like to if they had the money.
“We were all horrified in October of this year when it was reported that several young men were kidnapped and brutally tortured by Latin King “Goonies” because of their perceived sexual orientation,” Cabrera said in a statement released earlier today. “But as many of you know, this incident is neither the beginning nor the end of the gang problem present in our city,” he continued.
“As we have experienced an uptick in violent crime in our city, it is imperative that we attack gang-related issues with a comprehensive, communal effort,” Cabrera said. “This is why I’m calling on Congress to pass legislation that develops a gang prevention strategy.”