Violence Task Force Meetings Relocated to Mohart

Large crowds prompt relocation; the next listening session set for April

The Citizens Task Force on Violence appointed by Mayor Sly James last November will hold its next monthly meeting at a new location to accommodate the growing numbers of interested citizens, Fourth District Councilwoman and Task Force Chair Jolie Justus said today.

The Task Force will meet from 6-8 p.m.on Tuesday, March 8, at the Mohart Multipurpose Center, 3200 Wayne Ave., Justus said. Meetings will continue to be held on the second Tuesday of each month at Mohart Center.

“We’re very pleased by the turnout and by the interest the public has taken in the work of the Task Force,” Justus said. “This clearly is an issue important to Kansas Citians, and the larger room will help us accommodate the growing interest in this important community issue.”

Resource experts scheduled for the March 8 Task Force meeting will speak about understanding trauma and how it contributes to violence in the community; framing the issue of violence in Kansas City; and the history of previous organizations that are focused on violence in the city.

Resource experts from Violence Free KC, the Kansas City No Violence Alliance and Aim4Peace will meet with the Task Force on Tuesday, April 12, at the Mohart Multipurpose Center.

The next listening session at which the public is invited to share personal stories or offer comment is scheduled for 10 a.m – noon on Saturday, April 16, at Hillcrest Community Center, 10401 Hillcrest Road.

The mission of the Task Force is to gather facts and data and recommend pragmatic policies and best practices about how Kansas City can prevent, address and respond to violence in all its forms, including but not limited to active shooter situations, violence-driven street crime, illegal use of weapons, domestic violence, child abuse and other violent situations. The Task Force plans to complete its work and issue recommendations by November 2016.

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