Justice Center to host policy forum in EC


By Jon Hawley
Staff Writer

Thursday, May 17, 2018

The North Carolina Justice Center will host a Community Public Policy Forum in Elizabeth City on Saturday, aiming to both inform and mobilize citizens.

Keith Rivers, president of the Pasquotank County branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, said the Justice Center will provide several policy experts who will offer workshops on economics, education, health care and utilities. The event will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The Mount church at 1021 U.S. Highway 17 South.

Rivers said the forum will screen the film “America Divided” after lunch, and may also try to show the documentary “Soul City” during lunch. The event is being hosted by the Justice Center, a progressive policy nonprofit organization, the NAACP and the Association of Mexicans in North Carolina, or AMEXCAN, according to a flyer.

Rivers said the workshops will draw the connection between state policies and people’s daily lives, including the quality of their schools, access to health care, and other important issues. The hope is that the workshops will encourage more citizens to get involved in their communities, as well as in Raleigh.

“The good book says, ‘My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge,’” Rivers said. “What we want to do is build collaborations” and facilitate change, he added.

He also said the workshop will invite attendees to subsequent meetings in June and then July to help them organize and decide what direction to go in.

Rivers also said the workshop is something of a “pilot project,” and the Justice Center might look to host similar events in other communities.