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Stop the Violence Summit set Saturday in Salisbury

SALISBURY — More than 200 people have signed up for Saturday’s Stop the Violence Summit at Livingstone College, according to coordinator Al Heggins.

The summit, a joint project of Women for Community Justice and the local NAACP, will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Livingstone’s Tubman Little Theatre, 701 W. Monroe St.. Check-in starts at 9 a.m.

The free gathering is designed so that participants can submit ideas, engage others, and come up with short- and long-term solutions to crime and violence.

The summit will start with a plenary session, then break into small groups. Participants will come together to share ideas in a final group session. Snacks and lunch will be provided.

Heggins said the summit’s goal is to hear the public’s concerns and allow residents to solve problems collaboratively with elected officials, law enforcement, local government staff and educators.

Convening partners include Night Crawlers, Salisbury Pride, Hood Theological Seminary, YouNique Starz, Mission House, Rowan-Salisbury Women’s Community Action Committee, LatinMix and the Truth, Hope, Healing and Equity Commission.

Sponsors include Livingstone College, Frito-Lay, Human Praxis Institute, East Square Artworks, the Thelma Smith Foundation South Branch, Let’s Lend a Helping Hand Inc., Cheerwine, Two Pigs Farm, Avita Pharmacy, Mean Mug, Bounce City, Thelma’s, Domino’s and the Moscardini family.

The deadline to pre-register is today. Walk-ins also can participate. To sign up or get more information, contact Heggins at alheggins@humanpraxisinstitute.com.

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