NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — New York lawmakers are calling for funding for the youth violence reduction program “Stand Up to Violence.”

Sen. Chuck Schumer, Congressman Jamaal Bowman and Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez are urging their fellow lawmakers to provide nearly $400,000 to the program, which was started by Jacobi Hospital in 2014.

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“It is not acceptable for us to use jails as garbage bins for human beings. We need to treat people and see them as human,” Ocasio-Cortez said.

The call for more funding comes after deadly gun violence this Memorial Day weekend.

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A 15-year-old boy was killed and a 30-year-old man was wounded in a shooting in East Harlem.

Police say they were standing at a street corner when the shooter opened fire.

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According to the NYPD, there were nine shooting incidents Monday with 15 victims.

CBSNewYork Team