GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - After holding a series of community meetings in recent months aimed at curbing violence, the group called "Stop It!" this week will reveal what it learned. A follow-up "Community Action Meeting" will be held Thursday, April 11 at 5 PM. It will be held at the Gerald R. Ford Middle School at 851 Madison, SE in Grand Rapids.
One of the group's leaders, the Rev. Jermone Glenn, Pastor of Revolution Christian Ministries, said:"Over the last 60 days, the community has had several opportunities to share their hopes and their ideas on how to bring an end to community violence in the city of Grand Rapids. The promise was to report back to the community what they felt the solutions were. The dialogues hosted by youth advocate organizations, clergy, community organizations and systems leaders served as a means to encourage collaboration, spur dialogue, and facilitate change to decrease violence. We're excited to share the results!"
A press release said: The meeting on April 11 will be about sharing information and ultimately taking the next steps in developing an action plan that will deal with the issue of community violence from a grassroots community level as well as a systems level. The initiative has benefited extensively from the help and expertise of Grand Valley State University's Community Research Institute.
The entire community is encouraged to attend Thursday's meeting. "This initiative from the very beginning has been about developing a plan of action but first we had to hear from the people," said Glenn. "Now we can begin to move forward in developing a plan. As the saying goes, failing to plan is planning to fail."