Leave the finger pointing behind, but be sure to bring solutions.
freep.com – So say organizers of a Monday event designed to discuss violence in the city.
The 5:30-8 p.m. event is titled “Community, Policing and Violence Prevention: Building Bridges That Work” and will be at Martin Luther King Jr. Senior High School, 3200 E. Lafayette in Detroit. It’s sponsored by the Detroit branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
“We believe violence is preventable,” said Heaster Wheeler, the branch’s executive director.
Wheeler said he doesn’t expect a single event to solve the city’s problems, but he hopes it will “begin a conversation that many of us are committed to sustaining.”
The free event is open to the public. It will feature sessions highlighting the culture of law-enforcement agencies, jobs and recreation, alternatives to violence and where to go to get help.
Organizers said the NAACP already has been meeting with Detroit police, the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office, the state police and the U.S. Marshals, as well as with members of the academic and faith communities.
He said the event isn’t to point fingers but to find solutions by coming together and sharing best practices.
“There are a lot of things that are successful that people just don’t know that,” Wheeler said.
The event will be the first in a series of community discussions, organizers said.
People interested in attending can call 313-871-2087 or go to www.detroitnaacp.org.