By: Yuritza Arroyo
On Saturday, October 1, the Morris County officials hosted the first annual Community Festival to Combat Bias, Hate, and Violence.
According to officials, this event, held from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm within the Bishop Nazery Way Parking Lot in Morristown, was open to and attended by the public and various community leaders. Free food and beverages were provided to those who visited.
Pastor Carter provided a moving invocation to commence the event.
During the festival, primary presenters from the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, which included Supervising Assistant Prosecutor Samantha DeNegri and Sergeant Patrick LaGuerre, discussed the impact of violence on our community, combatting and reducing hate crimes, bias crimes, and the laws addressing such crimes.
Morris County Prosecutor Robert J. Carroll, Morris County Sheriff James M. Gannon, Morris County NAACP President Vanessa Brown, and Rabbi Moshe Rudin also addressed attendees on these topics.
Morris County Prosecutor Robert J. Carroll said, “This festival, the first of its kind in our County, is an expansion of the MCPO’s school presentation program on these topics in our efforts to reach and educate those of all ages and backgrounds.
We hope that through presentations and programs like this event, we can collectively have a positive impact on our community and society as a whole.”