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National/Global Week of Non-Violence Announced, October 17-25, 2015

Black Women for Positive Change (BW4PC) a national, inter-faith, multi-cultural volunteer and advocacy network based in Washington, DC, will convene the third National Week of Non-Violence, October 17-25, 2015. The theme of the week is “Changing the Culture of Violence in America…and the World.”

This effort is dedicated to promote violence prevention and awareness in major U.S. cities, and overseas. Key organizing cities for the 2015 Week of Non-Violence include: Chicago, Illinois; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Los Angeles, California; Compton, California; Atlanta, Georgia; Alexandria, Virginia; Hampton Roads, Virginia; St. Louis, Missouri; the DMV in Greater Washington, D.C. including District of Columbia; Prince Georges County, Montgomery County, Charles County, MD, Northern Virginia; and London, United Kingdom. (See attached for list of local leaders)

Honorary National Co-Chairs for the 2015 Week of Non-Violence are Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Presiding Bishop & Chief Apostle, Church of God in Christ, Inc. and Attorney Benjamin L. Crump, President of the National Bar Association.

“The NBA has chosen to partner with Black Women for Positive Change and support the Week of Non-Violence October 15-23, 2015, to promote non-violence in our homes. We have an obligation to show our children that any form of violence, especially domestic violence, is unacceptable,” said, Benjamin L. Crump, President, National Bar Association.

Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr., Presiding Bishop & Chief Apostle, Church of God in Christ, Inc. a national denomination with 12,000 churches said, “Upon assuming the role of Presiding Bishop of the Church of God in Christ, I established the Urban Initiatives. It mirrors the strategy I successfully implemented over many years at West Angeles Church in Los Angeles.

The Urban Initiatives deploys our 12,000 churches armed with programs designed to address the problems that plague our cities. The opportunity to serve as Honorary Co-Chair of the 2015 Week of Non-Violence sponsored by Black Women for Positive Change, provides yet another opportunity to advocate for the cessation of the violence that has proliferated in our cities. We must be consistent and aggressive in pursuit of transformation of urban America.”

In a joint statement Dr. Stephanie E. Myers and Delegate Daun S. Hester, BW4PC National Co-Chairs stated, “We are proud to partner with leaders like Attorney Benjamin L. Crump and Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake who are leading the national effort to promote the 2015 Week of Non-Violence. There is real urgency for youth, millennials, parents, elected officials, faith leaders, law enforcement officials, civic leaders, athletes and entertainers to implement prevention strategies to STOP THE VIOLENCE in our communities. We are also gaining interest from civic leaders overseas, and invite them to support the 2015 Week of Non-Violence.

To learn more about the 2015 Week of Non-Violence, go to www.blackwomenforpositivechange.org Free socially responsible violence prevention media tools available for community screenings can be downloaded at: http://www.blackwomenforpositivechange.org/socially-responsible-media/

For information contact Karen Carrington, National Co-Chair, Media and Events, 202-210-4005.

National Leadership Network: Week of Non-Violence, October 17-25, 2015
Delegate Daun S. Hester and Dr. Stephanie E. Myers, National Co-Chairs, Black Women for Positive Change
Rev. Dr. Barbara Reynolds, Chaplain; Karen Carrington & Bernadette Tolson, Co-Chairs, Events & Media, BW4PC

National Honorary Co-Chairs: Week of Non-Violence
Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Presiding Bishop & Chief Apostle, Church of God in Christ, Inc.
Benjamin L. Crump, Esq., President, National Bar Association

Leadership–Week of Non-Violence Local Steering Committees
Mayor Aja Brown, Compton, California
Jan Perry, Director, Economic Development, Los Angeles, California
Rev. Kelvin Sauls, Sr. Pastor, Holman United Methodist Church, Los Angeles, California
Stephanie O’Malley, Director, Public Safety, Denver, Colorado
Mayor Muriel Bowser, Mayor, District of Columbia
Councilman Kenyan McDuffie, City Council, District of Columbia/DMV
Rev. William Lamar, Sr., Pastor, Metropolitan AME Church, District of Columbia
Kenneth Fisk, Atlanta City Council Aide, Atlanta, Georgia
William Killibrew, Mental Health Consultant, Atlanta, Georgia
State Attorney Anita Alvarez, Cook County/Chicago, Illinois
Garvin G. Ambrose, Esq., Chief of Staff, Cook County State Attorney’s Office/Chicago, Illinois
Council Chair Mel Franklin, Prince Georges Co., Maryland
Bishop Edwin Bass, Founder/Pastor, Empowered Church of God in Christ, St. Louis, Missouri
Police Chief Cameron McLay, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Rev. Rodney Lyde, Sr. Pastor, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Mayor William Euille, Alexandria, Virginia
Black Women for Positive Change Steering Committee Liaisons
Patricia Duncan, Colorado Dr. Hattie Washington, Maryland Kayla Hicks, Virginia
Diane Powell, Pennsylvania Fannie Allen, Virginia Estella Lee, California
Eunita Winkey, Maryland Sierra Wallace, Illinois Bernadette Tolson, WDC

Week of Non-Violence Partners
Atlanta, Week of Non-Violence Steering Committee, GA
Church of God in Christ, Inc.
Cook County State Attorney’s Office, Chicago, IL
Community College of Allegheny County, Pittsburgh, PA
Councilwoman Theresa Kail-Smith, Pittsburgh, PA
Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak, Pittsburgh, PA
Denver Week of Non-Violence Steering Committee, Colorado
Generation Progress, Inc.
Hampton Roads Week of Non-Violence Steering Committee, VA
Holman United Methodist Church, Los Angeles, CA
Hill House, Pittsburgh, PA
Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington, D.C.
Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, PA
Metropolitan AME Church, Washington, D.C.
National Bar Association, National Office
Nations Mosque, Masjid Muhammad, Washington, D.C.
Network for Victim Recovery of DC, Washington, D.C.
Office of Religious Affairs, Government of the District of Columbia
Pittsburgh Community Television (PCTV), Piittsburgh, PA
POISE Foundation, Pittsburgh, PA
Positive Change Foundation
St. Louis Week of Non-Violence Steering Committee, Missouri
Washington National Cathedral, Washington, D.C.
Wednesday Clergy Council, Washington, D.C.
YWCA of Greater Pittsburgh, PA
(partial listing)

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