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Local Milwaukee leaders use new song and video, 'Put Em’ Down,' to combat gun violence

“Put Em’ Down” song and video responds with a timely message
Posted at 7:50 AM, Nov 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-18 21:53:30-05

MILWAUKEE — Local Milwaukee organizations, Voices Against Violence, Coalition Against Hate, Office of Violence Prevention and more, is releasing a song and video that faces Milwaukee's unprecedented number of homicides and non-fatal shooting this year.

In fact, the city of Milwaukee surpassed its 1991 record for the number of homicidesof 165 deaths just last week.

“The pandemic has had a tragic impact on families and communities in Milwaukee and across the country. This project is a powerful example of everyone doing something to promote peace in our city," said Reggie Moore, Director of the City of Milwaukee’s Office of Violence Prevention. "This project is a powerful example of everyone doing something to promote peace in our city. In addition to 414 LIFE and many other efforts to address violence in our city, there is a role for everyone including artists, business owners, teachers, youth, ministers and anyone who cares about the safety and wellbeing of our city.

The song titled “Put Em’ Down” was produced by Tracy Dent, of the Coalition Against Violence and Voices Against Hate, and features local Milwaukee recording artists.

V 100.7 FM will stream the song and video on its website and will air the song on its station.

You can listen to the song and view the video here.

The Office of Violence Prevention will stream a press conference on its Facebook page on Wednesday, Nov. 18 at 6:00 p.m.

“I wanted to do my part and try to reach those who may be committing or thinking about causing violence. I figured one of the best ways of doing that was through music and video," said Tracy Dent of Voices Against Violence. "The video shows the impact of violence on families and communities. I wanted to show an alternate ending where the person doesn't get killed. That’s an ending that should be the norm not the exception."

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