Plans for new efforts to curb violence will be unveiled at The Summit II conference tomorrow

tomorrowAll are welcome to convene tomorrow at a one-day event next centered around combatting urban violence, entitled “The Summit II: Redefining Public Safety,” hosted by Newark mayor Ras J. Baraka, NFL Hall of Famer Jim Brown, former NFL MVP Ray Lewis, and peace advocate Aqeela Sherrills.

The Summit II will be held on Wednesday, September 9 from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark. Admission to the event is free, but you can RSVP here.

The event will include a press conference that will reveal a new public safety strategy and campaign, panel discussions, and networking sessions. All of the summit’s featured events will “define an agenda that changes the public safety narrative, emphasizing the need for individual and community healing” to intervene, prevent and reduce violence, the City of Newark said.

The campaign will take a grassroots approach to overcoming urban violence, such as “gang related, black-on-black, and police-perpetuated violence” the City of Newark said. The organizers believe the community needs to treat the issue through restorative approaches from the ground floor up.

The Summit II will target 15 cities nationally to reduce violence at all levels, using strategic healing intervention tools such as urban trauma recovery centers. They will also discuss investment projects, such as capacity-building mini-grants, and a dramatic shift in resource allocation.  Other strategies of the coalition include technical assistance, and systemic design for coordinated services between individuals and organizations committed to reducing violence.

NJPAC is located at 1 Center St in Newark. For more information visit NJPAC’s website here.

Featured image courtesy of the City of Newark.

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