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5Th Annual Week of Non-Violence focuses on school to prison pipeline with the help of Harry Belafonte and Tray Chaney, star of HBO's "The Wire"


Civic leaders in Pittsburgh, 27 U.S. cities and the UK, are helping to organize the 5th Annual 2017 Week of Non-Violence, Justice and Opportunities, October 15-23, 2017, led by Honorary Chair and civil rights activist Harry Belafonte, sponsored by Black Women for Positive Change (BW4PC) and the Positive Change Foundation. Organizations in Pittsburgh are sponsoring a kick-off Pittsburgh film premiere of “Drop: A Story of Triumph,” on September 6, 2017, 6 pm. DROP Co-Star Tray Chaney, of "The Wire" will join local viewers at the Penn Hills Cinema. The film discourages youth from dropping out of high school, and examines the link between dropping out, education as an alternative to violence and the school to prison pipeline.

Later, during the 2017 Week of Non-Violence, Justice and Opportunities, Rev. Dr. Barbara Reynolds, co-author of Coretta Scott King's memoir, "My Life, My love, My legacy," will be a featured speaker at the Authors Zone dinner, October 19 at the River's Club. Dr. Reynolds will discuss BW4PC's goal to “Change the Culture of Violence” in our world, and to promote conflict resolution.  Black Women for Positive Change will also Co-Sponsor a workshop in partnership with 3ENow, focusing on teen dating violence and the law. The Rodman St. Baptist Church will also host a service for law enforcement officers on November 3rd in support of the Week of Non Violence.  And, Penn Hills School District will host events to engage students in discussions about building non-violent schools and communities.

Mr. Harry Belafonte, Honorary Chair of the 2017 Week of Non-Violence, Justice and Opportunities states, “In the midst of a struggle, the fabric of progression is kept together through the threads of non-violence. The Week of Non-Violence is essential to sanctify Trayvon Martin and other young people who have lost their lives to violence. We must take the teachings from these tragedies to continue the non-violent dialogue which Dr. King preached.” 

In response to the tragic shooting of Trayvon Martin and other youth, BW4PC initiated the Week of Non-Violence in 2013 with the goal of helping young people, law enforcement and violence-prone adults to learn that violence can be prevented through anger management, conflict resolution, de-escalation, improved law enforcement/community relations and other evidence-based methods. 

Partners for the 2017 Week of Non-Violence are the Positive Change Foundation, National Black Nurses Association, Highmark, Inc., United Steelworkers Union, National Organization of Black Law Enforcement (NOBLE) National Bar Association, 3ENow, and Black Political Empowerment Project.  For more information, contact Diane Powell, 412-302-2952     

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