Town Halls to Address Gun Violence, Rogue Cops

Over 300 Americans are shot each day and 90 die from gun violence every 24 hours.

Now, a national task force will sponsor a Congressional Briefing and hold two town halls to address the issue one week before the presidential election.

The Initiative for Studying Gun Violence and Trauma, under the Public Health Initiative at the University of California, Irvine School of Law, will bring together leading experts on mental health, public health and law enforcement at noon, on Tuesday, Nov. 1, at the Cannon House Office Building in Northwest.

“The state of gun violence in the United States has reached a crisis point,” the group said in a statement. “According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, between 2000 and 2014 alone, firearms accounted for nearly 470,000 fatalities.”

“Homicide firearms ranked as the second leading cause of all violence-related deaths during this 14-year interval. Chicago endures a ‘Sandy Hook’ every weekend. However, Congress has been ineffective and slow to act.”

Joining the town hall will be Nardyne Jefferies whose daughter died in a 2010 mass shooting in Washington, D.C. and Camiella Williams, a millennial who has suffered the loss of 28 loved ones and relatives in Chicago.

Panelists will call upon Congress to: address police shootings of unarmed Black Americans; study the overlooked trauma that resides in low income communities due to gun violence by police and civilians; and repeal the Dickey Amendment.

There will also be a “Policing and Training” town hall meeting at 6 p.m. that evening at the National Press Club in Northwest, featuring a discussion on policing, police violence and training.

“It will highlight the privatization of law enforcement agencies,” the group said in a statement. “Looking particularly at the fiscal structures that underlie, and at times demand, high risk policing practices, including targeting people of color for low-level offenses that result in frequent and inordinate fines as well as the rampant police shootings and killings in America.”

Registration for both events closes on Thursday, Oct. 27.

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Sarafina Wright –Washington Informer Staff Writer

Sarafina Wright is a staff writer at the Washington Informer where she covers business, community events, education, health and politics. She also serves as the editor-in-chief of the WI Bridge, the Informer’s millennial publication. A native of Charlotte, North Carolina, she attended Howard University, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. A proud southern girl, her lineage can be traced to the Gullah people inhabiting the low-country of South Carolina. The history of the Gullah people and the Geechee Dialect can be found on the top floor of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. In her spare time she enjoys watching either college football or the Food Channel and experimenting with make-up. When she’s not writing professionally she can be found blogging at E-mail: Social Media Handles: Twitter: @dreamersexpress, Instagram: @Sarafinasaid, Snapchat: @Sarafinasaid

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