C.R.A.S.H. founders John Maina, left, and Nicole Vasquez, right. (Source: C.R.A.S.H.)
C.R.A.S.H. founders John Maina, left, and Nicole Vasquez, right. (Source: C.R.A.S.H.)

A local community group is launching a series of three forums on social justice issues in Lancaster, with the first taking place online this coming Saturday.

The "Community Education Summit Part 1" will run from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Dec. 12. It will focus on "the events that have occurred here in the past few months and what needs to be addressed to see collective change for our community," C.R.A.S.H., the organization arranging the forum, said in a statement.

The summit is free and open to the public; to join, visit its Facebook page and click the "Go to Link" button.

C.R.A.S.H. stands for "Collective Resistance Acting in Solidarity for Humanity." Founded by John Maina and Nicole Vasquez, it advocates for criminal justice reform and economic and social changes, with the goal of creating a society whose "citizens are treated with dignity, care, and respect."

The summit is being put on in partnership with We Can't Wait PA, a coalition of community organizers; and the United Way of Lancaster County.

Scheduled speakers include:

  • Artist/advocate Evita Colon: Spoken-word recital
  • Attorney Hobie Crystle: On public safety
  • Kevin Ressler, CEO of the United Way of Lancaster County: On income and wealth disparities

 

Part 1 is scheduled to be followed by Part 2 (Mobilization) on Saturday, Feb. 13; and Part 3 (Action) on Saturday, April 10.

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