Mayor Baraka Solicits Football Legends Jim Brown and Ray Lewis to Launch National Public Safety Campaign

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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: 

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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 

Attendees include:

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

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