Now at the head of the Coalition, he aims to duplicate and expand on the successful violence reduction of 17 years ago. As a long-term mediator between rival gangs, he knows that such immediate and critical action is key to the work. However, he has broader, harder goals.
At the top is the aim to change the culture that allows and breeds violence, drug dealing and other street crimes. In ways that progressives can relate to, he said that it only works when the youth have real and meaningful alternatives — places to go and things to do. He wants a permanent end to the culture of street violence.
In additon to this monumental task, Rev. Brown is pastor of Cambridge's Union Baptist Church. The social-activist, community involved institution has over a century of such involvement and has grown under his leadership for two decades from when he was only 25.
Rev. Brown has his eyes on what has to be done right now as well as where he wants the Coalition to go.