Wichita Anti-Gang Walk Dropped For Lack Of Funds

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) _ An annual Wichita anti-gang event won't be happening this year after the grant that funded the walk was not renewed.

The Wichita Eagle reports the Wichita Walk Against Gang Violence drew an estimated 2,000 to 3,000 people last year, but there wasn't enough liquor tax money to fund it this year.

State law requires lone-third of liquor tax revenues to go toward programs that focus on substance abuse prevention or treatment. A spokeswoman for ComCare, which distributes the grants, says the focus of the group running the gang walk is on gangs.

Safe Streets founder David Fulton says his organization has applied for a Drug Free Communities Grant that would provide $125,000 a year for five years and could help revive the gang walk next year.

Posted by: Lindsay Sax



 
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