UPDATE:

This event will now be held at Conte Community School, 200 West Union Street. Start time is still 5 p.m. Those in need of transportation can meet at The Christian Center at 193 Robbins Avenue at 4:45 p.m.

 

After recent statistics from the FBI revealed that Pittsfield has the fifth highest violent crime rate in Massachusetts -- coupled with the recent stabbing death of a Pittsfield man in broad daylight -- many citizens have expressed revitalized concerned about violence plaguing the city.

We know that complaining or pointing fingers on social media gets nothing accomplished, however facilitating an actual conversation with those charged with keeping our city safe, can in fact make a difference, and that's just what The Christian Center wants to do.

This coming Monday, Oct 22 at 5 p.m. The Christian Center, at 193 Robbins Avenue in Pittsfield, will host open conversation about violence and dangerous situations that continue to happen in our community. In attendance will be Mayor Linda Tyer, Police Chief Michael Wynn and members of the city council. Light refreshments will be served.

I think it would be amazing if people would attend and bring thoughtful concerns and constructive ideas to facilitate a positive conversation about steps the city government and law enforcement need to take moving forward. If you've voiced an opinion about this issue on social media, why not do it in person, where it could actually make a difference.