Friday, May 16, 2008

The Wichita NAACP and Sunflower Community Action to partner in an effort to address Violence in the community











The Wichita Branch NAACP and Sunflower Community Action have agreed to work in concert on a series of events to address the issue of violence in the community. The series, tentatively planned for July and August, will be patterned after the "Family Strengthening Series" held by the Wichita Branch NAACP, the Urban League of Kansas, and Representative Melody Miller in the summer of 2005.

The 2005 "Family Strengthening Series" dealt with Youth and Education as its main themes. It began with the NAACP hosting the 9-hour Academic Achievement Gap Symposium on the campus of WSU, followed three weeks later by the Urban League hosting a seminar for parents on how to have a successful and productive parent-teacher conference, and concluded with Representative Melody Miller hosting a forum on Disproportionate Minority Contact with the criminal justice system (or DMC).
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This series (yet unnamed) will focus on the social and economic indicators of criminal and violent behaviors. For our part, the NAACP will work to bring focus to the economic indicators by addressing jobs and employment issues with particular emphasis on young African American men and teens, dealing with the issue of preparedness for change and opportunity. Sunflower Community Action will work to raise community awareness by engaging the community in dialogue about violence and empowering the community to take a stand. We are also looking for Churches and Pastors who would be willing to join with us in this effort, and who would be willing to work specifically toward dealing with some of the underlying family issues and indicators of criminal and violent activity.

If you or your organization would be interested in partnering with us in this effort, please send us an email at stoptheviolence@wichitanaacp.org or leave us a voice mail by using our "Grand Central" voice mail button in the right column of this page...




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