DC Prepares for National Summit on Non-Violence: Saturday August 23, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC – “Changing the Culture of Violence” is the theme of the 2nd National Summit on Non-Violence, sponsored by Black Women for Positive Change (BW4PC), a national civic network, and the Summit Council on Non-Violence Advisory network. The Summit will be at Metropolitan AME Church, 1518 M. Street, NW, Washington, DC, Saturday, August 23, 2014, 9 am-5 pm. Registration opens at 8:00 am. Adults and youth over 14 years are invited to attend and there is no registration fee. BW4PC is an inter-faith, multi-racial network, that includes women and men.

National experts on violence prevention will make presentations on relevant topics including:

(1) Pathways that Lead to Violence;
(2) Retraining Individuals and Communities Traumatized by Violence; and
(3) How to Change the Culture of Violence.

Beginning at noon, the afternoon session will focus on issues that impact youth, including screening of the youth-violence prevention film, “On 2nd Thought” and sessions on:
(1) Breaking the Cycle of Violence by Regulating Personal Behaviors;
(2) Building Peaceful Communities Among Youth; and
(3) Unleashing the Genius in Youth. The Summit will conclude with a “Positive Change Harmony Jam” live streamed at 4 pm, featuring youth performing positive, optimistic rap, hip hop and song.

Individuals can register free at www.blackwomenforpositivechange.org. Press/media are welcome. A special feature is youth attendees designated as “Non-Violence Youth Ambassadors” will tweet, text and Facebook conference proceedings to a global social network, in real time.

In a joint statement, BW4PC National Co-Chairs Delegate Daun S. Hester and Dr. Stephanie E. Myers, said, “The National Summit on Non-Violence will focus on the problem of violence in our families, communities, and in society-at large. Adults, youth, Faith Leaders, rappers, Educators and Elected Officials will talk together about finding solutions.

No one has all the answers to solve the problem of violence so, we are inviting the community to brainstorm together. We hope other cities will join this effort to find ways to stop the violence by watching the live stream of the workshops at www.blackwomenforpositivechange.org/

The National Summit is part of the National Week of Non-Violence August 16-23, 2014, endorsed by six Governors including. Congressman John Lewis, Georgia; Governor John Hickenlooper, State of Colorado; Governor Pat Quinn, State of Illinois; Governor Martin O’Malley, State of Maryland; Governor Jeremiah W. Nixon, State of Missouri; Governor Bill Haslam, State of Tennessee; Governor Terry McAuliffe, Virginia; State Delegate Daun S. Hester, Norfolk, Virginia; Mayor William Euille, Alexandria, Virginia; Mayor Vincent Gray, District of Columbia; Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and Councilwoman Dr. Amelia Ross Hammond, Virginia Beach, VA.  www.blackwomenforpositivechange.org/