Tuesday February 26, 2013

The forum, "Reducing Violence in Berkshire County," sponsored by the Berkshire Citizens for Peace and Justice with support from the Global Issues Resource Organization at Berkshire Community College, will be held Thursday at 7 p.m. at BCC’s Susan B. Anthony Center cafeteria. The snow date is March 14.

This event will be an opportunity to share ongoing programs, encourage coordination, and let interested citizens join in the efforts to reduce violence in Berkshire County. The public is encouraged to attend.

Presenters will include District Attorney David Capeless, Police Chief Michael Wynn, Police Officer Michael Ortega, a representative from the Elizabeth Freeman Center, Marguerite DeSantis of Great Barrington on attempting to pass legislation about gun ownership locally, Jens Braun on the Alternatives to Violence Project, Jeff Napolitano on the Help Increase the Peace Project, a representative from the Brien Center, and Lorna Grande, coordinator of the Human/Animal Violence Education Network.

The presenters will talk about what is already being done to mitigate violence and their hopes for even more creative activities to diminish violence in the area.


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This will be followed by the formation of discussion groups of those with common or overlapping approaches to particular ways of fostering alternatives to violence.

Information: Don Lathrop at dlathrop@berkshirecc.edu or (413) 236-4618.