Panel to discuss ending violence

DeKALB – A community vigil was held Dec. 21 in DeKalb to memorialize those killed in the tragic events in Newtown, Conn. and as a show of support for their loved ones who live on.

A second event related to the shooting will be held on Jan. 18. “Learning to Live Peaceably” will start with a community potluck at 6 p.m. After dinner, a panel of speakers will lead a discussion on ending violence. This discussion will cover gun violence as well as violence of all kinds.

This event will be conducted at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of DeKalb, 158 N. Fourth St. in DeKalb. It is free and open to the public.

Invited panelists include DeKalb County States Attorney Richard Schmack, DeKalb Chief of Police Gene Lowery, Maylan Dunn-Kenney, professor of early education, and Dr. Toni Tollerud of the Northern Illinois University Education and Counseling Department.

The Washington Post reports that since 1982, there have been at least 61 mass murders carried out with firearms across the U.S.

“We hope this begins a community dialogue about the effects of violence of all kinds in the nation and in our community. It is past time for us to come together to help create safety and security for all of our children,” said Dan Kenney, one of the organizers of both events.

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