White Plains, NY — Blacks in Law Enforcement of America, Inc. in partnership with the White Plains/Greenburgh Branch of the NAACP, is presenting a Town Hall and community engagement meeting on Thursday, May 4, 2017 in an effort to galvanize the community and talk about solutions to address social injustices we face at home and abroad.
The meeting, entitled, “Race, Inequality and Civic engagement in the Post-Obama era: Where Do We Go from Here!” is in line with their overall mission which includes fighting for freedom, justice and equality for all citizens while uplifting communities. The Town Hall will begin at 7:00 p.m. at the Theodore D. Young Community Center, 32 Manhattan Avenue, White Plains, New York.
“This event will aim to open dialogue with the community about what the expectations of public officials, the media, law enforcement and entertainers should be and what, in turn, should be expected from the community, as a whole,” said James Edmonds, Civic Engagement Specialist.
This Town Hall meeting will be moderated by Mr. Damon K. Jones, Publisher, and Co-Owner of Urban Soul Media Group, the parent company of Black Westchester Magazine. Mr. Jomes is a 27-year veteran of the Westchester County Department of Corrections and the New York Representative of Blacks in Law Enforcement of America (BLEA). He has been a guest commentator on New York radio stations WBLS (107.5 FM), WLIB (1190 am) WRKS (98.7 FM), WBAI (99.5 FM) and Westchester’s WVOX (1460 am). Mr. Jones has appeared on local television broadcasts including Westchester News 12 “News Makers” and Public Television “Winbrook Pride
“We are asking for parents and grandparents to please bring their children or grandchildren to the meeting, regardless of age. There is a choice within the matter. We can either stand together in order to be a part of the solution or, we can choose to be a part of the problem by sitting back and complaining about what others are not doing right, that they just don’t care about a certain race, status of people, or a particular part of the city”, said Edmonds
Town Hall panelists include; Damon K. Jones – BLEA (moderator), Author of “Once A Cop” & former NYPD Deputy Inspector Corey Pegues, Recording Artist Jeff Redd, Former DEA Agent and MVPD Police Commissioner Carl Bell, Michelle Moore, Retired MVPD Sgt & Former Police Commissioner Anthony Mitchell, Mount Vernon Councilman André Wallace, Anthony Hooks, Antoinette Darden and Black Westchester Magazine’s Editor-In-Chief AJ Woodson.
Blacks in Law Enforcement of America believes that Law Enforcements’ purpose is to protect and serve. Not to contain the poor, the economically disadvantaged or to take advantage of those who cannot fight back or have a true voice in the matter at hand.