Communities today face a range of rapidly evolving threats. Homegrown violent extremism, gang violence, organized criminal activity and other threats from malicious actors imperil the safety and security every community wants for its families and way of life. New solutions are needed, but the strategies and policies that can advance the cause of safe communities will not emerge spontaneously. It will take the participation and insight of all stakeholders to realize the enduring safety every community deserves.
To help advance this global priority, the Safe Communities Institute is hosting an intensive one‐day summit convening counter‐terrorism experts, local and international city stakeholders, nonprofit leaders, and others to discuss public safety and how to detect and deter race, religion, and issue‐oriented ideological motivations of homegrown radicalization and extremist recruitment. Program attendees will explore methods for implementing successful community‐led extremism prevention efforts, expanding risk mitigation strategies, and developing a policy brief highlighting joint solutions and opportunities to influence global policy.
The program, chaired by SCI Director Dr. Erroll G. Southers, will feature leading voices from around the country, including keynote presentations from Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Constance Rice, the founding co-director of the Advancement Project and the board chair for the Urban Peace Institute, and Sashs Havlicek, the Institute for Strategic Dialogue CEO. Attendees will also enjoy panel discussions on: the experiences of former extremists; how communication and technology impact extremist messaging; developing policies tailored to the current threat environment; and developing “whole-of-community” strategies that support community safety.
The November 14 event will begin at 8:00 AM. Registration is open through November 7. Those interested in attending the event can visit the summit website for tickets and more information. Those unable to attend in person can also purchase access to the event live-stream online.