NEWARK, NJ — On Wednesday, September 9th, football legends Jim Brown, Ray Lewis along with a hosts of public figures and organizers will gather in Newark, NJ to launch a national public safety campaign that invests in healing individuals and communities as the cornerstone for violence reduction programming.
The Summit II - Redefining Public Safety, hosted by The City of Newark and The Reverence Project, is a one-day event that will feature a press conference to unveil the new public safety strategy and associate campaign, panel discussions and networking sessions to define an agenda that changes the public safety narrative.
The event will serve to emphasize urban violence as an issue of untreated trauma and allude to grassroots, restorative approaches that have seen success in decreasing gang-related and police perpetrated violence. The press conference and panels will inform four critical spheres of need in communities of color in relationship to public safety issues:
1. The Real Root Causes of National Epidemic of Gangs & Urban Violence
2. Smart Justice: Reforming the Criminal Justice System
3. Redefining Public Safety: Community Partnership Strategies
4. Violence as a Public Health Issue: Healing Alternatives
Hon. Ras J. Baraka, Mayor of Newark
NFL Hall of Famer Jim Brown
Former NFL athletes Ray Lewis and John Wooten
Dr. Melina Abdullah, Black Lives Matter
Lenore Anderson, California for Safety and Justice
Marsha Atkind, The Healthcare Foundation of NJ
Sujatha Baliga, Restorative Justice Project
Dr. Walter Beach, Amer-I-Can Program, Inc.
Orland Bishop, ShadeTree Foundation
Susan Burton, Founder/Executive Director, A New Way of Life
Dr. Todd Clear, Distinguished Professor, Rutgers University
Dr. Perry Crouch, Watts Gang Task Force
Khalil A. Cumberbatch, Just Leadership
Michellene Davis, Esq. EVP Corporate Affairs Barnabas Health
Erica Ford, CEO, LIFE Camp, Inc
Hakim Green, 24 hours of Peace
Dr. Hanaa Hamdi, Dept. of Health and Wellness, Newark
Melvin Hayward, Jr., Executive Director, Helper Foundation
Dr. Janice Johnson Dias, John Jay College
Dr. Jorja Leap, Dir. of Health and Social Justice Partnerships Luskin at UCLA
David Muhammad, Vice President, Impact Justice, Inc.
Hon. Victoria F. Pratt, Chief Judge, City of Newark Municipal Court
Aqeela Sherrils, The Reverence Project
Sgt. Emada Tingirides, Los Angeles Police Department
Director Eugene Venable, Newark Police Department
Pete White, Founder, Los Angeles Community Action Network
Following the Summit II, organizers will plan to invest in 15 cities to implement a bottom-up strategy to restore the relationship between community and law enforcement by reducing crime urban violence. Resources will be provided by the coalition to individuals and organizations committed to community-centered public safety strategy and trauma recovery.
To RSVP to the event, please email Charlie DiPasquale at firstname.lastname@example.org