Thursday, May 21, 2015
7:30-9:00 PM

at Memorial United Methodist Church
250 Bryant Avenue, White Plains, NY 10605

Islam, ISIS, and the U.S.

In collaboration with Turkish Cultural Center Westchester (TCCW), Memorial United Methodist Church, The Interfaith Connection, and Martin Luther King (MLK) Institute will host Westchester’s second “Islam, ISIS, and the US” event. This event will feature Muslim Imam/Director of Peace Islands Institute Ibrahim Sayer and Dr. Hasan Arslan, a Turkish resident of Westchester and Pace University Professor of Criminal Justice and Security with a specialization in terrorism. Dr. Arslan will discuss both the broad history of terrorism and extremism that stems from religion, while Imam Sayer will specifically discuss a specific demographic of terrorism that currently affects and interests many countries and people worldwide: Muslim radicalism and ISIS.  There will be a Q & A session following the program to give attendees a chance to ask questions and get additional information on the above subjects.

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Next Meeting:
Thursday, June 11, 2015
6:30-8:00 PM

Memorial United Methodist Church
250 Bryant Avenue, White Plains, NY 10605

WCPR meets the 2nd Thursday of each month.
We are concerned community organizations, religious institutions and individuals who share a vision to help build safe communities, with improved community-police relations and greater police accountability and transparency.
This coalition is working for:

* Increased trust and better relationships between police and communities, especially communities of color
* Independent oversight of police departments in Westchester and beyond
* Justice for Kenneth Chamberlain Sr. and too many others
* Transparency in police policies and practices

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The Importance of
Character in the Music

Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 4:00 PM

at the statue of Dr. Martin Luther King, by the Westchester County Courthouse, 111 Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd., White Plains.

The presentation will be given by a Hip Hop Collective known as H.I.P H.O.P, which stands for “Highly Intelligent People Healing Our Planet.” H.I.P H.O.P will be presenting to youth and the community a CD project based on the positive message of accountability. The CD is titled "Accountability: The Soundtrack for the New Movement,” and it encourages the listener to be accountable for themselves as well as hold those in positions of influence accountable. The entire project was put together under the Executive Direction of LORD JUDAH, an Arts Westchester Teaching Artist and C.E.O of his own music publishing company, Judah Bless Publishing.

There is also a component of the project geared towards teachers and schools utilizing the songs and lyrics to have discussions about the social climate today, and what positive shifts can be made to steer us all in the best direction.

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Who We Are

Founded in 1987, the Westchester Martin Luther King, Jr. Institute for Nonviolence supports the larger movement for social justice by creating safe spaces for people to think and talk about violence, nonviolence and reconciliation, with the goal of changing the way power and resources are distributed in our society.

With Dr. King’s vision, principles, and activism as a foundation, we educate youth and adults about the power of nonviolent social action as a means to building effective communities.

Mission Statement

The Westchester Martin Luther King, Jr. Institute for Nonviolence promotes and facilitates among residents of Westchester County, the attitudes, skills and strategies of nonviolence as an approach to positive social change and the resolution of social conflict.

Further, it educates local communities on the relevance of Dr. King's teaching for today's struggles for social justice and racial understanding.