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Courageous Community Conversations: Policing and Mental Health

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Courageous Community Conversations - Session #4
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RALEIGH, NC—We Heard You!!
We’ve had three great Courageous Community Conversations, but it’s clear you want more input into our conversations.  We want to hear from you – what are YOUR suggestions and solutions?  

Our next Courageous Community Conversations listening session will take place on Saturday, September 18, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. The event will be streamed live on Zoom, and attendees may register here.
Our third listening session will focus on community concerns around issues of Policing and Mental Health. Joining us will be:

  • Dawn Blagrove, Executive Director of Emancipate NC
  • Rolanda Byrd, Executive Director of Raleigh’s Police Accountability Community Task Force (Raleigh PACT)
  • Kerwin Pittman, Founder and Executive Director of Recidivism Reduction Education Programs Services, Inc (RREPS)
  • Toshiba Rice, CEO of Jo-Khy-Ki, LLC
  • Alicia Peton – Licensed Mental Health Counselor with Phenix Partners NC, PLLC

“Shaw University is very excited to engage with these Community Conversations with the City of Raleigh. To enact meaningful change, it is important to find out the areas of most concern to Raleigh citizens, stated Dr. Erin Moore, Executive Director of the CRSJ. “How are they impacted by discrimination? How do we build community with such diverse perspectives? How can the city of Raleigh enact meaningful change? It is these questions and many more that we hope to highlight with our Community Conversations. We’ve had a great partner with the City of Raleigh and hope that this dialogue can serve as a model for other cities across the country.”

“The City of Raleigh is thrilled to be partnering with Shaw University and its Center for Racial and Social Justice on this critically important endeavor,” said Raleigh Assistant City Manager Evan Raleigh. “I am hopeful that this series of Community Conversations will result in actionable steps that will help make Raleigh a community where all feel welcomed and are in position to thrive.”
The goal of these listening sessions is to develop a plan to guide changes to current programs and develop new programs—all intended to improve the quality of life for the citizens of Raleigh.

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