Mayor's task force to hold public forums discussing violence
COLUMBIA - The Mayor's Task Force on Community Violence worked on planning safe community events during Wednesday night's meeting.
The task force finalized plans for three public forums to be held during the second week in September. Community members will have a chance to attend the forums and talk with local professionals from the community.
Each forum will target a particular age group: The general public, parents and youth.
"What we want to stress again is it's 'Talk CoMo'. We want them to voice their candid impressions of what they see that's going on," task force member David Thomas said.
The task force believes the forums will give community members a safe place to talk openly about what is and is not working in terms of combating violence in Columbia.
"Mayor Bob McDavid and the city council gave the task force 18 months to go forward with what the community is saying about crime, shootings, public schools and law enforcement," Thomas said.
The task force will meet with city council in November to give members a breakdown of how the community feels.
Date, time and location of the forums:
General public forum - September 8 from 3-5 p.m. at the Health Department.
Parent forum - September 11 from 5-7 p.m. at the Progressive Baptist Church.
Student session - September 12 from 5-7 p.m. at the Armory.