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Portland community leader weighs in on the key to curbing city's record gun violence

The city asked Tony Hopson and his nonprofit SEI to help after Portland's first drive-by shooting in 1988. Decades later, he's still in the mix — with more to say.

Brenda Braxton

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Published: 5:51 PM PST February 18, 2022
Updated: 1:03 PM PST February 21, 2022

The entire city of Portland is wrestling with how to deal with record levels of gun violence. The city's very first gang-related drive-by shooting was in 1988, and at the time, Portland leaders were desperate to do something. They did — but they didn't do it alone. 

Tony Hopson, the founder of Self Enhancement Inc., or SEI, is one man who helped back then. Now, decades later, he's still working with youth on the streets.

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