Town Hall Meeting Set for Monday
July 18, 2013
The Tallahassee Branch of the NAACP and the City of Tallahassee's Human Relations Council are hosting a town hall meeting to engage the community in a discussion in the aftermath of the George Zimmerman trial. The meeting will take place Monday, July 22, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Palmer Munroe Teen Center, 1900 Jackson Bluff Road.
"It is important to look at the psychological affects and pressures that situations like this cause in the community," said Rashad Mujahid, vice chairman of the Tallahassee Human Relations Council, a citizen committee appointed by the City Commission. "Our goal is to bring people together when there are issues that can be divisive, with a focus on finding solutions and actions that move us forward in a positive manner."
The town hall meeting will allow citizens to hear from panelists discussing issues related to the outcome of the Zimmerman trial and what the stand your ground law means for individuals and children in the community. Panelists will include Nancy Daniels of the Public Defender's Office, Jack Campbell of the State Attorney's Office and local attorneys Chuck Hobbs and Andrea Nelson. Area religious and community leaders and local law enforcement officials will also take part, with City Commissioner Andrew Gillum serving as moderator.
"We believe it is critical for the community to come out and truly learn the extent of the stand your ground law and the impact it can have on our youth and the citizens of Tallahassee and Leon County," said Dale Landry, president of the NAACP.
The town hall meeting will build on previous work by the NAACP, the Tallahassee Human Relations Council, the City of Tallahassee and other community groups to assist youths and adults in feeling safe in the city, community and school campuses.
The Tallahassee Human Relations Council was established in 1994 and consists of 11 citizen members who serve in an advisory capacity to the Tallahassee City Commission and the City's Equity and Workforce Development Office. The Council works to promote an understanding of human relation issues, develop relationships between diverse community groups and proactively establish processes to help addresses diversity issues in the community.
Anyone with a disability requiring accommodations at the Town Hall meeting, should call (850) 891-8130 or FRS TDD, 1-800-955-8771, at least 48 hours (excluding weekends and holidays) prior to the start of the meeting.
Michelle Bono, Communications Department, 891-8533