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NABJ hosts panel discussion

Rachel C. Loyd
10/8/2013  11:00 am

City on the Brink was a panel discussion hosted by the National Association of Black Journalists at the U of I. The discussion explored the issues surrounding the plague of inner city gun violence with particular focus on Chicago.

Panelists included ABC 7 Chicago’s Evelyn Holmes and Mike Locashio, CeaseFire Englewood’s Shango Johnson, Ronald Holt, former Chicago police officer and father of Blair Holt (victim of fatal gun violence), Alderman Walter Burnett of Chicago’s 27th Ward, Nathaniel Pendleton, father of Hadiya Pendleton (victim of fatal gun violence) and Virgol Hawkins, Champaign community activist.

Each panelist brought a unique perspective to each subtopic including media’s portrayal of crime, community intervention and policy enforcement. Panelists offered suggestions for violence prevention such as being critical consumers of media, taking accountability for social media usage, and working with community organizations and police officers to produce strategies rather than complaints. Over 200 attendees gathered with representation from different colleges, departments and Champaign-Urbana communities.

crowd in attendance