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Ohio conference takes on urban violence

CLEVELAND (AP) — Community and anti-violence activists from across the country are meeting in northeast Ohio to talk about how to stop violence in urban neighborhoods.

"The Call to Universal Oneness Campaign" is a four-day event that begins Friday at Cleveland State University. It's being organized by a group called the International Council For Urban Peace, Justice and Empowerment.

Participants say they'll discuss solutions to poverty, gun violence, gangs and the breakdown of traditional family structure that exists in many of the urban communities. Former gang members are among the participants.

One of the organizers, Rashad Byrdsong, tells The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer (http://bit.ly/17abiqY ) that one of the main goals is to address the problems in urban communities as a public-health problem instead of as criminal justice challenges.

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