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Charlotte rally and forum will focus on violence and justice

Charlotte has seen a series of protests, vigils and community meetings related to police and violence this summer.
Charlotte has seen a series of protests, vigils and community meetings related to police and violence this summer. mhames@charlotteobserver.com

Two events this week will continue Charlotte’s ongoing discussion on reducing violence and addressing relationships between police and the black community.

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg NAACP branch and SAFE (Safety, Accountability, Fairness and Equity) will hold a “say their names” rally at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Marshall Park in uptown Charlotte. Speakers will remember local victims of violence and talk about ways to stand against injustice while reducing violence.

At 6:30 p.m. Thursday, several local leaders will host a forum at Johnson C. Smith University on “gun violence, community policing and policy/legislative reform.” Sponsors include U.S. Rep. Alma Adams, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney, NAACP branch president Corine Mack and Charlotte City Council member Al Austin.

The forum takes place at the university’s science center auditorium, 100 Beatties Ford Road.

Ann Doss Helms: 704-358-5033, @anndosshelms

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