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Guest Opinion: Small group can make a big change in Pennridge community

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Recently 17 people from throughout the Pennridge community came together to experience a process called “A Small Group”. ASG is designed to offer participants alternative ways to build community through structured conversations that focus on new possibilities to old situations. Hosted by the local non-profit organization, justCommunity, Inc., the ASG participants included five Pennridge High School students, 10 adults from the greater Pennridge community and two co-facilitators, Lee Rush, lifelong Pennridge resident and executive director and founder of justCommunity, and Dan Joyner, a justCommunity consultant.

“Originally the idea of holding these conversations came about as a follow-up to the event we participated in back in the fall of 2020,” recalled Rush. “Along with the Peace Center, the Pennridge School District and all five police departments serving Pennridge, we participated in the online showing of the film, "Walking While Black". After the film, both citizens and police officers engaged in conversations about their experiences with each other.

“While there was much interest in the film, the key to any change has got to be follow-up,” continued Rush. “And it has got to be an intergenerational, interracial mix of people that come together to discuss what is........

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