Building on the success of last winter's Youth Summit, Plainfield Mayor Adrian O. Mapp and the City of Plainfield are collaborating once again with the Grassroots Community Foundation to present a two-part program aimed at creating strategies for a more harmonious community. The title of the program is "Peaceful Plainfield: Strategizing for a Peaceful Future".
Drawing on the deep connections established with Plainfield youth by the Youth Summit, the program will expand the discussion by including thought leaders, community activists and business leaders as the community looks forward.
Both segments of the program are free and the public is warmly invited to attend.
The program is being coordinated by Dr. Janice Johnson Dias, president of the Foundation. For more about the Grassroots Community Foundation, see its website here.
THURSDAY: RECEPTION AND SHORT DOCUMENTARY
The program begins with a reception hosted by Mayor Mapp on at the Plainfield Public Library on Thursday evening (October 27).
During the reception, a very short documentary film -- Bullets Without Names -- will be shown. The 9-minute documentary chronicles the experiences of a young Black male survivor of a gunshot incident (more about the film at IMDB here).
Plainfield youth will have an opportunity at the screening to express their ideas about combating violence -- and especially gun violence -- in the community.
The reception runs from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM.
FRIDAY: STAKEHOLDER ROUNDTABLE
On Friday morning (October 28), the program continues with a roundtable discussion to which stakeholders have been invited.
The keynote speaker for the Friday portion of the program is Dr. Joseph Richardson of the University of Maryland, who holds PhD from Rutgers School of Criminal Justice.
The roundtable will also include opportunities to hear from our youth as well as national and local leaders on how to mobilize and unify to combat violence in our community.
The Roundtable begins at 10:00 AM and runs to 1:00 PM.
Both the Reception and the Roundtable will be held in the Plainfield Public Library's Anne Louise Davis Meeting Room. For more information, contact Jazz Clayton-Hunt at (908) 226-2507.
The Plainfield Public Library is at Park Avenue and West 8th Street and is an accessible facility. Parking is available in the 8th and 9th Street lots.
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