‘Justice Sunday’ forum set for this weekend in Lancaster

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LANCASTER – Newly elected Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey, Sheriff Lee Baca and Lancaster Mayor Emeritus Henry Hearns are among the dignitaries confirmed to attend the inaugural ‘Justice Sunday’ community forum in Lancaster.

Titled “Working Together for Justice for All,” the event will take place at 4 p.m., Sunday, January 20 at the University of Antelope Valley Grand Ballroom, 44055 Sierra Highway in Lancaster.

It is free and open to the entire Antelope Valley Community.

The keynote speaker will be Jackie Lacey. Also present will be LA County Sheriff Lee Baca, school officials, superintendents, elected officials and local pastors, according to a flyer promoting to event. View the flyer here. Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris is also expected to attend the event.

“We’re inviting the whole community to be there to hear what is being done to assure, as best as possible, that justice is being served as it relates to the court system and everything else,” Hearns said.

“There’s not going be any longer, as far as our DA is concerned and our sheriff is concerned, any preferential treatment given to anybody,” Hearns continued. “We want to make sure that everybody is treated fairly, that’s what this is all about.”

Hearns said the discussion is expected to last about 90 minutes, then dignitaries will be available for a meet and greet at the conclusion of the forum.

Justice Sunday is an annual event observed in cities across the country to commemorate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  The event was founded by the National Alliance of Faith and Justice (NAFJ), a nonprofit association of criminal justice professionals and community leaders, whose mission is to promote the value of the inclusion of faith in addressing prevention, consequences and resolutions of crime with emphasis upon the most culpable and vulnerable issues and stakeholders.

For more information on the annual Justice Forum National Continuum, visit www.nafj.org.

  9 comments for “‘Justice Sunday’ forum set for this weekend in Lancaster

  1. sanadia
    January 18, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    It’s embarrassing to know that this very important man’s memory will be tarnished by hypocritical people. It’s shame that the majority of the homeless are black folks and a whole lot of teens running amuck are as well. I will not support the Blvd as it is expensive and there’s not much to enjoy if you’re a senior citizen. Driving on that stretch is dangerous. I will honor MLK my own way. Hearns needs to really help out the youth in the area (all colors), and so does the mayor. I never hear anything positive being done for the youth in our area.

    • Tumbled
      January 18, 2013 at 4:00 pm

      A majority of the homeless in LA County are actually white and Latino. Do some fact checking before spouting off.

      Here’s another INCONVENIENT fact: 70% of all section 8 houses in LA county are black and under 10% are white.

      How is this fair?

  2. joyce
    January 17, 2013 at 7:56 am

    R. Rex Parris attending this event is a slap in the face for what MLK stood for. He shouldn’t attend , but of course he will. God help us all

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