Gun Control Forum Set for June 14th in Bridgeton

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BRIDGETON, N.J. -

Dr. Robin “Rob” Weinstein, Pastor of Bethany Grace Community Church, today announced the panelists that will be presenting at a forum focusing on “Gun Control” that will be held on Thursday, June 14 from 7-8:30 PM. The forum is part of the church’s “Perspectives Forum” series scheduled for the summer. The forums will address hot-topic issues and will feature panelists holding various views on the subject matter.

The admission fee for the forum is a non-perishable food item to be distributed at the church’s food pantry program for the public. The forum is open to the public, but advance registration is required, and seating is limited.

To register, please visit: http://bit.ly/BGCCPerspectives.

The forum will be held in the church sanctuary located at 31 N. Pearl St., Bridgeton, NJ 08302.

“I have been greatly concerned about the lack of civility and understanding in our civic discourse,” said Dr. Weinstein. “This concern led me to seek the approval of our church council to begin a series of forums that will seek to inform participants on the different thought processes behind the other perspectives in these hot-topic issues. This is not about debating who is right and who is wrong, rather the forums are designed to stimulate listening and thinking. It is my hope that these forums will help us not to see those whom we disagree with as the enemy, but as our neighbor and friend.”

The basic structure of each forum will allow for each panelist to present their informed opinion on the topic. The audience will be able to participate in asking questions through index cards that will be presented to the panelist by the moderator. At the conclusion of the forum, each panelist will give a closing statement.

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The panelist for the June 14th Gun Control forum include: Dr. Drick Boyd, Ms. JoEllyn Jones, Esq., Hon. Carolyn King, Dr. Gladwyn Baptist, Second Congressional District Candidate Seth Grossman, and Cumberland County Assistant Prosecutor Jason Chessman.

Dr. Drick Boyd is Professor of Urban & Interdisciplinary Studies at Eastern University and the chair of the Department of Social Transformation. He has been involved in gun violence prevention efforts for over 10 years and is a co-founder of Heeding God's Call, an interfaith gun violence prevention organization. In January 2009, Dr. Boyd was one of twelve people who participated in a civil disobedience action against Colisimo's Gun Shop in Philadelphia. At the time Colisimo's was the fifth largest source of illegal guns in the United States. Those efforts eventually lead the U.S. Attorney's office to investigate Colosimo's and shut it down in Fall of 2009. He has written several articles on gun violence prevention and other social justice issues and is author of White Allies in the Struggle for Racial Justice. Dr. Boyd lives with his wife in Broomall, PA and has three adult children.

Ms. JoEllyn L. Jones, Esq., of Gouldtown, was born in Camden, NJ and raised in the Gouldtown and Bridgeton areas of Cumberland County. She is the mother to one daughter. She graduated from Cumberland Regional High School. She completed her undergraduate studies with a major in Law and Justice and a minor in African American Studies at Rowan University. JoEllyn graduated from Widener School of Law in May 2010 and began practicing law in November of the same year. On December 29, 1998, JoEllyn’s older brother Robert’s life was taken due to gun violence, thus making gun reform very personal for her.

Hon. Carolyn King and her husband have lived in Elk Township, Gloucester County, for 22 years and have two daughters that have grown up in the township. She is a small business owner, Dominion Title Services, in Bridgeton NJ. She is the Deputy Mayor of Elk Township and is the Vice Chairwoman of the Gloucester County Republican Party. She is the chair of the Greater Bridgeton Area Chamber of Commerce Government and Community Relations Board. She is a member of a number of community organizations.

Dr. Gladwyn Baptist is a cardiologist and has been a member of the Inspira Health Network staff for over 30 years. He also has a private practice office located in Bridgeton. Dr. Baptist completed his premed and medical education at St. John’s Medical College in Bangalore, Karnataka, India. His post-graduate education and training was completed both in India and the United States with internships at St. Martha’s Hospital in Bangalore, India, a residency at United Hospital Medical Center in Newark, NJ and a fellowship in Cardiology at the Brown University Medical Program in Providence, RI. Dr. Baptist is very active in the local community with memberships in various organizations.

Mr. Jason Chessman, Esq., is an Assistant Prosecutor in Cumberland County, N.J., specializing in juvenile crime.

Mr. Seth Grossman graduated Atlantic City High School in 1967, Duke University in 1971, and Temple Law School in 1975. Grossman has been a well-known and respected attorney in Atlantic and Cape May Counties since. Seth Grossman helped create the Chelsea Neighborhood in Atlantic City in 1975. In 1986, he won a city-wide election, and served as an independent on City Council for the next four years. In 1988. Grossman upset an incumbent by winning the Republican primary election by a single vote. Grossman then easily won election to become an Atlantic County freeholder. Between 2006 and today, Seth Grossman, while still maintaining his law practice hosted several popular talk radio programs, taught at Atlantic Cape Community College, and published opinion columns in all of South Jersey’s major newspapers. Mr. Grossman is the Republican candidate for the NJ Second Congressional District.

The panel will be moderated by Dr. Robin “Rob” Weinstein. In addition to being the founding pastor of Bethany Grace Community Church, Dr. Weinstein is an Associate Professor/Chair of Human Resource Management Programs in the College of Business at Wilmington University. He is also the founder and president of the M25 Initiative and co-founder of the Cumberland County Code Blue Coalition.

Bethany Grace Community Church is a non-denominational church located at 31 N. Pearl St., Bridgeton, NJ. For more information on the church, please visit bethanyinbridgeton.com or call 1-855-818-3810.

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