Second dialogue on race relations Thursday in Rifle |

Second dialogue on race relations Thursday in Rifle

John GardnerGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

RIFLE, Colo. Community members will get another chance to speak about race relations at the second community discussion hosted by the Department of Justice.This meeting is a follow-up to the first community discussion, which was held in May. More than 50 people attended the first meeting, but a low turnout of Hispanics was of concern to community members.After the last discussion, Theresa Hamilton, Re-2’s director of districtwide services, said she heard concerns from a number of people who attended the meeting that it would be nice to have more diversity of thinking in the room as part of the discussion.”I don’t know how we can do that,” she said. “People have to want to be at the table.”This time, organizers are hoping for a more diverse turnout.

“We would love to have every facet of the community represented,” Hamilton said. “That’s part of why we are participating in these discussions, to come up with collaborative solutions to community issues.”Rosa Salamanca, of the Department of Justice, will be hosting the event, along with several local facilitators, to lead the discussions.This time around facilitators are requesting that community members attempt to spread the word to the Hispanic community and bring along a friend.Contact John Gardner: 384-9114jgardner@postindependent.comPost Independent, Glenwood Springs, Colorado CO

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