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New group brings together community, business leaders to reduce violence in Kansas City

Posted at 6:11 PM, Oct 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-03 06:24:48-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A new movement is beginning in Kansas City to unite faith leaders, healthcare providers, legal experts and non-profits together to combine their efforts to reduce violence in Kansas City. The group is called  KC Common Good.

One goal is to create funding for organizations that help eliminate issues that lead to violence. Those organizations will have to prove they are meeting standards for success. Issues will be addressed one neighborhood at a time and people will begin to enjoy safe neighborhoods and hold leaders and individuals responsible for keeping neighborhoods safe.

Kansas City Mayor Sly James was one of the speakers at the KC Common Good meeting Tuesday at the Lucille Bluford Library at 31st and Prospect.

"It's not just the obvious reduction or hopeful reduction in violence that's critical. It's the idea of knitting together parts of the city that have not been knitted together before," said James.

Funding to help non-profits and social service organizations would come from a fund set-up asking people to donate $10 a month for the KC Common Good.

The public is invited to attend a series of KC Common Good meetings through December.

Oct. 23, 2018 — "The Good Fight for Resources," Unity Temple on the Plaza. 707 w. 47th Street, KCMO, 6:30 p.m.

Nov. 13, 2018 — "The Criminilization of Policy," Savior Pastoral Center, 12601 Parallel Parkway,  KCK, 6:30pm

Dec. 4, 2018 — "Common Good: A Model for Community Engagement and Racial Equity, Kauffman Foundation Conference Center, 4701 Rockhill Road, KCMO, 6:30 p.m.

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