The most recent youth shootings involved a 15-year-old in southeast Fresno on Nov. 15, and a 13-year-old boy from central Fresno on Nov. 24 — two areas highly impacted by gun violence. The city has seen a steep climb in gun violence this year with 63 homicides. Marcel Woodruff, lead organizer with Faith in the Valley, said the most active pockets of town are known to have some of the worst air quality in Fresno.
This installment of the Faith In the Valley Justice Interview Series is a conversation about political violence in California’s Central Valley.
Participants think through political violence as not reducible to white-nationalist protest violence, but rather political violence as constitutive to the structural reality of America itself.
We discuss non-violence as a viable option to political violence, the role of the church in undergirding violence in the Central Valley, as well as hear from our panelists about their personal experiences with white-nationalist political violence in Lodi.