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Mar 15, 2013

FVCC to Hold Community Conversation: "100 Days Past Sandy Hook"

In partnership with The Abbie Shelter and LOVE LIVES HERE (an affiliate of the Montana Human Rights Network), The Scholars Program at Flathead Valley Community College will host a community conversation on violence titled “100 Days Past Sandy Hook” on March 26.

The event will offer attendees a safe place to reflect on violence in our culture as highlighted by the tragic shooting that took place at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December.  Event coordinators Julia McKay and Hilary Shaw believe that communities that talk together stay together.

“Communities that know how to listen to each other are likely to embrace responsibility for each other’s safety and well-being,” said Shaw.

“Many of us were deeply shaken by the tragedy at Sandy Hook and there was no place to really discuss its impact,” said McKay of her motivation behind creating the event.  “We hope to inspire courageous and respectful conversation with our neighbors as well as explore the values and practices that lead to renewal and non-violence.”

Round-table discussions will take place at the beginning of the evening followed by expert speakers from the community including representatives from Western Montana Mental Health, the Kalispell Police Department, and the Flathead High School Guidance Department.  Conversations will focus on understanding some of the factors that fuel violence and what can be done to make our community a safer place now and in the future.

Free and open to the public, “100 Days Past Sandy Hook” will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. in the large community meeting room inside the Arts and Technology Building on the college’s campus.  For more information contact McKay at 755-9255.