SACRAMENTO – The Sacramento Branch National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Mayor Kevin Johnson, Councilmember Allen Warren, and Councilmember Elect Rick Jennings have convened a series of community forums in response to the Ferguson event to proactively improve community relations in Sacramento.
The next installment, the third in the series, has been set for Monday, November 24. The forum is scheduled to run 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. at the Dr. Ephraim Williams Family Life Center, located at the St. Paul Baptist Church Campus, 4036 14th Avenue.
Organizers say this third forum is a continuation of community discussions and a call to action based on community perspectives presented at the October 6 forum. Group breakout sessions were attended by youth, law enforcement, community, and faith-based organizations and the focus was on potential challenges and opportunities in the Sacramento community. The NAACP says it will continue to lead the charge in helping to proactively move Sacramento forward in its call for action to work collaboratively to identify solutions, strategies, and best practices that have clear and measurable outcomes.
“With the grand jury decision nearing in Ferguson we are encouraged that Sacramento can and will respond peacefully, whatever the outcome,” stated Stephen T. Webb, president of the local NAACP branch.
“Violence only hurts the community. We cannot meet violence with violence. We must seek peaceful resolutions, we are all in this for justice,” Webb continued.