Press Release -- November 11th, 2010
Community members are invited to the Harrisonburg Justice Summit, scheduled for this Saturday, November 13, from 1-6pm at Eastern Mennonite University’s Campus Center. This free event will focus on issues related to criminal justice, neighborhood safety, rehabilitation of offenders, alternative sentencing, employment needs, and more. Pre-registration online at www.HarrisonburgSummits.com is encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome. The event is hosted by the Fairfield Center, and sponsored by Kline May Realty, Cottonwood Commercial, The President’s Office at EMU, EMU’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding, EMU’s Environmental Sustainability Major, and EMU’s Peacebuilding and Development Major.
“The Harrisonburg Justice Summit has grown out of a series of events in Harrisonburg over that last year that have highlighted alternative sentencing options, neighborhood safety programs, and more,” says Kai Degner, coordinator of the Harrisonburg Summits series. “There are many people and organizations working together, in their own ways, for a more just community. This is a chance to get together to work together.”
Registered participants include EMU President Loren Swartzendruber, local justice advocate Harvey Yoder, artist and Northeast Neighborhood community member Steven Thomas, retired lawyer Larry Hoover, and many more.
As with every Harrisonburg Summit, participants are given an opportunity to create breakout topics during the event. There will be three time blocks for breakout conversations, and each block can accommodate up to ten different breakout topics.
Breakout topics can focus on project ideas, questions, challenges, needs, or opportunities. This is a person’s opportunity to name what s/he would like to discuss with others.
This event will be free for all who attend. Participants are encouraged to register online at www.HarrisonburgSummits.com.
The Harrisonburg Summit Series began in 2009, created by the Fairfield Center in response to a need felt by people, organizations, and businesses in various sectors to network, share ideas, and build partnerships. Over 1,200 people have attended at least one Harrisonburg Summit.