Civic leaders in Pittsburgh, 27 U.S. cities and the UK, are
helping to organize the 5th Annual 2017 Week of Non-Violence, Justice and
Opportunities, October 15-23, 2017, led by Honorary Chair and civil rights
activist Harry Belafonte, sponsored by Black Women for Positive Change (BW4PC)
and the Positive Change Foundation.
Pittsburgh film premiere of "Drop: A Story of Triumph," on September
6, 2017, 6 pm. DROP Co-Star Tray Chaney, of "The Wire" will join
local viewers at the Penn Hills Cinema. The film discourages youth from
dropping out of high school, and examines the link between dropping out,
education as an alternative to violence and the school to prison pipeline.
Later, during the 2017 Week of Non-Violence, Justice and
Opportunities, Rev. Dr. Barbara Reynolds, co-author of Coretta Scott King's
memoir, "My Life, My love, My legacy," will be a featured speaker at
the Authors Zone dinner, October 19 at the River's Club.
Culture of Violence" in our world, and to promote conflict resolution.
Black Women for Positive Change will also Co-Sponsor a workshop in partnership
with 3ENow, focusing on teen dating violence and the law.
law enforcement officers on November 3rd in support of the Week of Non
Violence. And, Penn Hills School District will host events to engage students
in discussions about building non-violent schools and communities.
Non-Violence, Justice and Opportunities states, "In the midst of a
struggle, the fabric of progression is kept together through the threads of
Martin and other young people who have lost their lives to violence. We must
take the teachings from these tragedies to continue the non-violent dialogue
which Dr. King preached."
other youth, BW4PC initiated the Week of Non-Violence in 2013 with the goal of
helping young people, law enforcement and violence-prone adults to learn that
violence can be prevented through anger management, conflict resolution,
de-escalation, improved law enforcement/community relations and other
Change Foundation, National Black Nurses Association, Highmark, Inc., United
Steelworkers Union, National Organization of Black Law Enforcement (NOBLE)
National Bar Association, 3ENow, and Black Political Empowerment Project. For more
information, contact Diane Powell, 412-302-2952