By Kim Glovas
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A 2½-day conference got underway this morning in center city Philadelphia, with the aim of addressing and preventing street violence.READ MORE: Methacton Lacrosse Coach Garth Little Facing Charges After Video Captures Him Shoving Student-Athlete
The second annual conference, with nearly 200 attendees and sponsored by the Philadelphia group “Mothers In Charge,” is titled “Law and Order or Vigilante Justice.”
Dorothy Johnson-Speight, the group’s founder and executive director, says this is a discussion with police, community groups, victims, and victims’ advocates.
One session will deal with those left behind after a senseless killing, “helping them on that journey, helping them to get from that place of pain to a place of peace and empowerment,” according to Johnson-Speight. “We have several speakers who will talk about that. One of the workshops will deal with how you tell your story and empower yourself, and make a difference on the issue.”READ MORE: Homeowner's Body Found Following Explosions, Massive Fire In Lower Providence Township Townhouses
Johnson-Speight created Mothers In Charge after her 24-year-old son was shot to death over a parking space. That was eleven years ago.
Conferees are here from all over the nation. Some attendees have come from Oregon, Massachusetts, and Florida.
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