Wednesday, April 29, 2015

2015 Men of Color Summit

In his letter to Summit attendees, Newark Mayor Ras Baraka cited recent tragedies in Ferguson Missouri; Staten Island, New York; Cleveland, Ohio; Baltimore, Maryland; and North Charleston, South Carolina and stated they have, “tested the resolve of our country and the average citizen’s faith in our law enforcement officers and the judicial system.”  “By collaborating with our community and education partners,” the Mayor continued, “we are taking proactive measures by having productive and educational workshops at this summit.”  Newark Community Solutions was proud to be part of this forward thinking approach to positive change.

Newark United Against Violence Program Coordinator, Cassandra Dock, as well as the Midtown Community Court Deputy Director, Jeff Hobbs, participated on a panel along with the Newark Office of Reentry Manager, Fred Murphy; Guazabara Insights CEO, Dennis Febo; and Hudson Partnership CMO Director, Stephen Campos.  The panel, moderated by the Director of the Office of Community Justice for the State of New Jersey, Wanda Moore, explored the difficulties of community reintegration for the Reentry population.  In front of an audience that included several NUAV participants, Cassandra and Jeff highlighted the unique hardships faced by fathers including co-parenting after incarceration, the challenges of child support, and methods to avoid the “generational curse.”  

CCI’s Director of New Jersey Programs, Jethro Antoine, also participated by moderating a panel titled “Public Safety & Reconnecting Our Youth” which included Newark Police Director, Eugene Venable.

The vibe of the summit was overwhelmingly positive with a message that change is possible through collaboration.  

Check out the links below for additional information about the Men of Color Summit and My Brother's Keeper-Newark as well as the Midtown Community Court.

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