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Crime Victims' Rights/Peace Activist Arun Gandhi

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Apr 26, 2017 4:14 AM
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What to look for on Smart Talk Wednesday, April 26, 2017:

After a decline in crime over the past three decades, violent crime increased by more than 10% in the nation's 30 largest cities in 2015 (the last year for complete statistics).  One city -- Chicago -- accounted for 44% of the higher number of violent crimes.  Chicago had 762 murders -- more than twice as many as any other city.  Meanwhile, there were over five million individuals who were the victims of crime.

Whether crime rates have been rising or falling doesn't matter to the people who were victimized or their families. Every one of those five million people or their families have to deal with the fallout from the crime committed against them.

Crime victims have many more rights and services available to them today than the victims of 30 years ago.

But is it enough and what do they want and need?

Pennsylvania Victim Advocate Jennifer Storm appears on Wednesday's Smart Talk to tell their stories.

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Charlene Sciarretta - Co-founder, Danny's Story / Jennifer Storm - Pennsylvania Victim Advocate

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Arun Gandhi

Also on Wednesday's program, Mahatma Gandhi is revered around the world for his non-violent philosophy of passive resistance to bring change.  Gandhi's grandson Arun Gandhi is a peace activist, author, journalist and agent of change himself. 

Arun Gandhi will lead a keynote conversation May 4 at the "Around the Table" event hosted by Advoz, an organization based in Lancaster, dedicated to resolving conflict and building community through face-to-face dialogue.

Dr. Gandhi latest book was published this week.  Its titled The Gift of Anger and Other Lessons from My Grandfather Mahatma Gandhi.

Dr. Gandhi discusses peace in a violent and divided world and what the next generation can do on Wednesday's Smart Talk.


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