Press Release by Congresswoman Pelosi

Congresswomen Nancy Pelosi

Pelosi Welcomes San Francisco Student to Violence Conference

October 18, 1999

Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) today welcomed Kareem Ervin, a 19-year-old student at San Francisco's George Washington High School, to Washington, DC, to participate in "Voices Against Violence: A Congressional Teen Conference," a two-day discussion of practical ways to reduce violence in America's schools. "The presence of Kareem and the 350 other teenagers in the Nation's Capital will enable Members of Congress to hear first-hand about the terrible epidemic of guns and violence that is terrorizing our schools," said Pelosi.

More than 130 Members of Congress will host participants from their own districts and states during the conference, which takes place on October 19-20 and is sponsored by House Democratic Leader Richard A. Gephardt in cooperation with the House Democratic Caucus. Participants will experience a heavy schedule of workshops and discussions designed to identify both the chief causes of the violence plague and the feasible responses to its most destructive effects.

On his application to attend "Voices Against Violence," Kareem Ervin wrote, "My personal experience with violence occurred this past spring when a neighborhood friend was shot in the head, along with his girlfriend. That experience truly inspired me to prevent violence not only in my school but also in my neighborhood."

To See Photos of Kareem Ervin at the Teen Violence, press HERE.

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