BCAC to hold meeting on violence, not its first.

BRIDGEPORT –The Bridgeport Child Advocacy Coalition started meetings on violence and its causes last spring, months before the shooting in a Newtown elementary school that killed 20 children and six teachers.

They treated it as a public health issue.

The coaliton will come together again from 4 to 6 p.m. on January 23 at Congregation B’nai Israel, 2710 Park Avenue, with renewed purpose as a unified and coordinated community. At the meeting, —the third in a series of meetings—we will build upon our previous meetings and begin discussing ways to initiate a culture shift in our community.

With support from the Fairfield County Community Foundation, the coalition has received a $10,000 grant to continue the development of a community-wide response to violence in all facets of our community.

BCAC, an alliance of more than 80 member organizations, parents, and concerned citizens, is researching best practices for curbing violence from other cities across the country; and developing a city-wide response model.

Linda Lambeck