PACT Seeks to End Violence in Stockton

People and Congregations Together (PACT) will host “Creating Covenants for a Safer City” conference to address new strategies that will continue to reduce the violence in the city.

class=”p1″>In 2011, the city had a record-setting 58 homicides. A year later, that number soared again to 71. Last year, homicides dropped to more than half to 32.

The conference will be held Saturday, April 26rd from 10am to 2pm at the Central United Methodist Church, 3700 Pacific Ave., across from University of the Pacific.

Bishop Stephen Blair of the Catholic Diocese of Stockton will open the conference. Rev. Michael McBride, national director of Berkeley-based Lifelines to Healing will be the keynote speaker.

Churches are encouraged to participate to learn how they can participate various violence prevention strategies including night walks and the city’s Safe Return Project.

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