Thurs, June 17 – A Conversation with DC’s New Gun Violence Prevention Director, Linda Harllee Harper
June 17 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
“James Baldwin once said, ‘The most despicable thing a person can be is indifferent toother people’s pain’…Please, don’t be indifferent to our pain.” – Travon Free, Director, “Two Distant Strangers”
As neighbors, fellow citizens, and compassionate human beings, we must learn more about what others in nearby communities are facing with this spike in gun deaths and become active in supporting proven community interventions for our neighbors. Join WNDC for an exclusive discussion with Linda Harllee Harper on her new role, DC Director of Gun Violence Prevention, the first office of this kind created in any major US city.Ms. Harper will share with us how she plans to combat the gun pandemic and how to leverage resources to the people and communities impacted by the violence, and, how all citizens have a role to play in supporting the city’s efforts to reduce gun violence and just what individual citizens in all wards can do.
Ms. Harper is a long time DC native, living in Takoma Park. Her job responsibilities will include working with various agencies and law enforcement to develop a comprehensive strategy to deal with the unacceptable increase in gun violence in the District. Ms. Harper’s professional experience directing the Youth Rehabilitation Services Department of DC makes her the right person for the job.