Long Beach Advancing Peace Hosts Leaders of Violence Prevention Symposium
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Long Beach, CA ~ In honor of National Gun Violence Awareness Month, the Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services' program Long Beach Advancing Peace will host a Leaders of Violence Prevention Community Symposium on Friday, June 30th. The event will take place from 5 to 9 p.m. at Miller Family Health Education Center (3820 Cherry Ave.) and will bring together a diverse group of community leaders to discuss violence prevention efforts, best practices, and challenges.

Mayor Rex Richardson said, "This event serves as a critical platform to mobilize and empower our community, fostering a deeper understanding of the collective actions we can take to effectively curb gun violence in Long Beach."

The symposium will include mini lectures, an interactive panel discussion with Q&A and an inspirational spoken word from two-time national poetry slam champion Sekou Andrews. Other confirmed panel speakers include Dr. Lydia Hollie, former City of Long Beach Violence Prevention taskforce member and justice advocate; Jessica Quintana, Executive Director of Centro CHA; Peggy Preacely, civil rights activist; Dr. Aquil Basheer, founder and executive director of the Brotherhood Unified for Independent Leadership through Discipline (B.U.I.L.D.) program; Sayon Syprasoeuth, youth program manager at United Cambodian Community (UCC), Sithy Bin, co-founder of the Made New Foundation; Hugo Gonzalez, transformational coach and alumni coordinator at Success Stories.

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Director of Health and Human Services Kelly Colopy said "Violence is preventable...It's important for us to implement approaches that build safe and healthy neighborhoods and increase social connectedness and economic opportunities in communities most impacted by violence."

The City of Long Beach Violence Prevention Initiative works with residents and organizations to achieve four goals: creating social connectedness; supporting economic opportunity; building safe and healthy neighborhoods; using trauma-informed systems.

The event is open to everyone but space is limited so people are encouraged to register in advance.

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