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    Public Invitation to a Forum Dedicated to Increasing Safety in Bucks County Schools and Communities

    The safety of our children in schools is of paramount importance in America today, and The Peace Center, along with the Bucks County NAACP and the Bucks County Human Relations Council, are holding the first of three forums to have meaningful dialogue leading to the creation of new strategies and collaborations toward improving safety in schools and communities. The first forum will be held on Wed., Nov. 19th from 4-6 pm at Middletown Township Municipal Building, 3 Municipal Way, Langhorne, PA 19047.

    The forum will address issues such as bullying, discrimination, harassment, hazing and intimidation and their impact on our schools and neighborhoods. Organizers have invited key community leaders who have the ability to take action and create safe spaces at a time when anxiety levels are heightened. These are people who can work with community members to create new strategies and collaborate to bring compassion, fresh ideas and pragmatism to these issues. The links between social media, hate crimes and domestic terrorism will be discussed.

    The program features national speaker Bernard Hoffman, who has been working across the country to deal with some of the mass shootings and difficult issues facing young people, educators and parents. He was a school administrator for many years and is now a consultant for safe schools and communities.

    Hoffman says: “Issues of bullying, discrimination and prejudice are not limited to Bucks County; they occur everywhere. The forum seeks to not solely “punish the bully” but apply restorative justice and educate our administrators, faculty, and students to be agents of change and work toward a more open-minded, accepting approach toward others.” Organizers hope to start conversations and actions toward building a better Bucks County where kids feel safe in schools, parents feel their kids are safe, and parents become role-models for children to learn to embrace diversity and inclusion.

    Please RSVP to bsimmons@thepeacecenter.org or call 215-750-7220.

    The Peace Center educates and empowers schools, families, businesses and communities with proven conflict resolution and social justice programs. In 2018, the organization directly impacted over 4700 Bucks County residents and students with programs across the county ranging from bullying prevention and diversity/inclusion programs in schools to dialogues on race, town hall meetings, conflict coaching, educational forums and training, and much more. For more information, visit our website: www.thepeacecenter.org.

    The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is to secure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights in order to eliminate race-based discrimination and ensure the health and well-being of all persons. www.facebook.com/BucksNAACP.

    The Bucks County Human Relations Council is dedicated to promoting the value of diversity and addressing discrimination based on age, race, color, gender, religion, creed, culture, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, ancestry, national origin and disability. www.buchumanrelations.org.