With the New Year brings a new sense of hope. A hope that maybe the “Stop the Violence” message has become clear and gotten through to those who continue to commit the horrific acts that keep police busy, funeral directors in business and loved ones shaking their heads why. While the seven homicides last month is one more than last year at this time, it is, however, the same as January 2009, which had the lowest number of homicides in the previous three years. While we, as a community, cannot afford to lose another 100 people, we cannot afford to lose a future generation. Many of the Black individuals on last year’s list were 30 years or under.