State Senator Nikiya Harris Dodd (D-Milwaukee) today announced that invitations are open to the public for the first-ever “Unite Milwaukee” summit, a summit to connect Milwaukee community members to the resources they need to help prevent violence in their neighborhoods. The day-long summit will be held on March 14, 2015 and will provide participants with an opportunity to connect to programs, resources, and jobs in the Milwaukee area.
“We all have a role to play in preventing violence in our neighborhoods,” stated Senator Nikiya Harris Dodd. “This summit, which has been created through the collaboration of Milwaukee community members, is meant to bring thoughtful dialogue to Milwaukee citizens on how to tangibly take steps to prevent violence in their neighborhoods.”
The summit planning began in September of 2014, in response to a July listening session that Senator Harris Dodd held with community members about the devastating gun violence happening in Milwaukee. Together, the individuals who attended that meeting have met to create a summit for Milwaukee community members most affected by gun violence in their day-to-day lives.
“I’m proud of the work that our planning members have done to produce this summit, which will provide the community with an overview of the systemic causes of gun violence and also give them realistic steps that they can take to stand up to violence in their neighborhoods,” explained Senator Harris Dodd. “It is through the combined efforts of the community, media, elected officials, and police that we will truly be able to solve the problem of gun violence in Milwaukee.”
Individuals interested in attending the “Unite Milwaukee” Summit can contact Senator Harris Dodd’s office for more information at toll-free 1-877-474-2000. The RSVP deadline is February 27, 2015 and seating is limited so spots will be filled on a first-come, first serve basis.