NAACP event will focus on gun violence

The Greater Bridgeport Branch of the NAACP will hold its holiday reception on Friday, Dec. 28 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Bridgeport Holiday Inn.

The event will focus on gun violence in greater Bridgeport as well as the recent school massacre in Newtown.

Bridgeport Native Attorney Luke Cooper will serve as the keynote speaker. Cooper is a investor and lawyer, who, at age 12, was required to testify against his father, who went on to serve 12 years in prison. Cooper later graduated with honors from the Syracuse University School of Law.

Various community organizations with a violence prevention component will have information tables set up to share information about their mission and will seek volunteers. Some of these organizations are Connecticut Against Gun Violence, Bridgeport Police Department Community Services, Positive Young Brothers & Sisters Mentoring, Cardinal Shehan Center Girl Zone, Starwood Teens, Inc., Young Life, Connecticut against Violence, Taking Back Our Community and others.

Tickets at the door are $35 for adults and $25 for students. There will be hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar.

John Burgeson