Race and police practices forum sponsored by area Jewish organization, congregations

From Carolina Jews for Justice:

Carolina Jews for Justice/West, Congregation Beth Israel and Congregation Beth HaTephila are co-sponsoring a program addressing race and police practices on Thursday, December 3, 2015, at Congregation Beth Israel, 229 Murdock Avenue in Asheville.  The program will begin at 6:30 P.M. with a screening of the documentary film, “Ferguson: A Report from Occupied Territory.”   The following link is provided for advance viewing:  video link.  A panel discussion will follow moderated by Rabbi Justin Goldstein of Congregation Beth Israel.

Panelists will include Tammy Hooper, Chief of the Asheville Police Department; Van Duncan, Buncombe County Sheriff; Sheneika Smith, Community Resource Specialist of Green Opportunities, and Joseph T. Hackett, Student Development Director of Green Opportunities.  A question and answer period will follow.  Light refreshments will be served.

“The program will provide a unique opportunity for the audience to hear from local law enforcement leaders as well as members of the African American community who will share some of their own experiences as well as ongoing efforts to improve understanding,” says Judith Leavitt, Chair of the CJJ/West Steering Committee.  “For those of us who have never experienced this type of discrimination, we expect the program to enlighten us about our role in making our community a safer and more open place for all.”

For more information about Carolina Jews for Justice please visit www.carolinajewsforjustice.org.

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