THURSDAY FEBRUARY 7TH, ALKEBULAN AFRICAN CENTER 6pm – 9pm
1435 N Raymond Ave, Pasadena
On February 7th, 2019, at 6pm, the fourth of a series of conversations with members of the community and Pasadena Police Department will take place. This ongoing forum series is intended to provide a bridge and space for open and honest dialogue between residents and city leadership. At the previous forums, community stakeholders first requested frontline officers, then senior officers and representatives from the union. This next forum will be with the decision and policy makers, City Manager Mr. Steve Mermell and recently appointed Police Chief John Perez. The discussion will include dialogue on policies and policing with the City of Pasadena.
The program will be moderated by James Farr from “The Conversation Live” and the community feedback session, facilitated by Dr. Eshelle Williams, will conclude the program.
Farr said “…These forums are an opportunity for residents, business owners, and people who work in Pasadena to have an authentic learning opportunity with City officials who set the tone and culture for our community. Florence Annang, Organizer said “…the decision to invite our leaders is intended to foster dialogue, promote cooperation, and help citizens and our city leadership to renew community relations.
We need these spaces to hear and wrestle with these tough issues and get back to knowing one another. Farr added “… I have a good understanding of how most residents feel and what their experiences are with law enforcement, I’m aiming to unpack the ‘how’ and ‘why’ of policies and policing” Community policing is a public safety philosophy based on partnership and cooperation between law enforcement and the communities that they are sworn to protect and serve. At the center of community policing is the idea that all members of the community, both officer and civilian, have a stake in the safety of their neighborhoods
where they live and work (source DOJ website).
City Manager Mr Steve Mermell and Pasadena Police Chief Mr John Perez
James Farr: Host of Conversation Live: Journalist & Producer, Farr host’s the
Facebook Live Stream series the Conversation.Live. The talk show wraps conversation around Social Justice, Restorative Justice, Inclusion and Equality. Additionally, Farr also serves on The City of Pasadena Commission on Accessibility & Disability and is a member of Leadership Pasadena class of 2019.
Eshelle Williams PsyD, LMFT, Psychotherapist/Consultant: She will moderate a healing discussion between our community Eshele Williams holds a Doctorate of Psychology in Organizational Management and Consulting (Psy.D) and a License in Marriage Family Child Counseling (LMFT). Dr. Williams has worked in the Mental Health field for over 15 years as a Psychotherapist, Independent Consultant, Trainer, and Educator. Dr. Williams provides targeted support services across multiple subject areas that impact children, families, communities, and organizations. Her scope of work includes but is not limited to the areas of trauma.
IMA ( Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance)
NAACP, Pasadena Branch
CICOPP (Coalition for Increased Civilian Oversite Pasadena Police)
POP (Pasadenas Organizing for Progress)
About: Pasadenans Organizing For Progress
POP! grew directly out of the Pasadenans for a Livable Wage movement. Due to the unprecedented coalition of labor, community, religious, and educational sectors, PLW was able to win a unanimous vote in the Pasadena City Council to bring the minimum wage to $15/hour by 2020. Another goal for POP is to connect the several silos of activism that have existed in Pasadena for years or have recently sprung to life: PAHG, Pasadena Affordable Housing Group; CICOPP, Coalition for Increased Civilian Oversight of Pasadena Police; Pasadena Tenants Union ; NDLON, the National Day Laborers Organizing Network among others doing important work.