New anti-violence organization launches in Newark

By Naomi Nix | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
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on February 01, 2015

Changing the Lens Together held its kick off demonstration on Saturday near the corner of Springfield Avenue and 15th Street. The organization plans to promote the message of anti-violence through community events.

 

NEWARK — A new Newark-based non-profit is aiming to curb violence by fostering a sense of community in the city.

Changing the Lens Together held its kick off demonstration on Saturday near the corner of Springfield Avenue and 15th Street, where a monument of the city's 1967 riots still stands.

"We are really trying to increase unity and increase the involvement by the people who actually live here," founder and president Sheila Montague, a Democratic district leader.

"I'm trying to change the perception we have of ourselves."

Changing the Lens Together will pay special attention to women who are often burdened by the ill effects of violence, Montague said.

Among some of the upcoming programming the organization is planning include a book club, a Womens' demonstration and an after-school program, Montague said.

"We just want to be a positive influence," she said. "We want to be a supplement to what the mayor is doing."

To find out more information visit http://changingthelenstogether.org/.

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