Long Beach Community Peace & Justice Summit to Focus on Reentry
2011-10-04 · By Editor
Sixth District Councilman Dee Andrews, in conjunction with A New Way of Life Reentry Project and All of Us or None, cordially invite the public to attend the Long Beach Community Peace & Justice Summit, with a focus on reentry, at 9:00 a.m., on Wednesday, October 26th, at the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center, Seaside Ballroom, 300 East Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, CA.
The summit’s focal point is the California State release of thousands of low-risk offenders from the State prisons. Los Angeles County, which includes the City of Long Beach, is designated to receive a vast majority of these individuals. The event will work towards identifying and addressing the awaiting challenges of the community and the newly released prisoners. “The topic of the Summit is a very timely and sensitive one. There is a need for public education, as well as facilitating a healthy and successful transition of those that have served their prison sentences”, said Councilman Dee Andrews.
The event is designed to educate the community on the AB 109 realignment with presentations from local organizations and government agencies. In addition, a distinguished action panel comprised of State and local elected officials, as well as other key community leaders, will hear suggested policy change and testimony from people who have been released from jail or prison. The topics of discussion include the societal barriers in relation to employment, housing, education, and suggested action steps. After focused presentations, the panel will participate in a facilitated discussion of next steps to implement and support the problems our communities face.
The upcoming event is being co-sponsored by A New Way Of Life Reentry Project and the civil rights organization, All of Us or None, who has worked to plan, develop, and deliver six Peace & Justice Summits throughout California that has had successful outcomes. All of Us or None is a national collaborative of formerly incarcerated people and their families. They work to end the discrimination faced by formerly incarcerated people. A New Way of Life Reentry Project is a community-based service provider who renders re-entry services to formerly incarcerated people.
This is a free event but you must pre-register on line at www.peaceandjustice2011.org. Free childcare and lunch will be provided. For information call the Office of Councilman Dee Andrews at (562) 570-6816.