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Gun Violence Prevention and its Impact on Faith and Business Communities
May 13 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Join us, MomsRising, Action NC, and North Carolinians Against Gun Violence (NCGV) for a virtual town hall on gun violence prevention and the impact it has on faith and business communities. Participants will learn how the business community and faith community are addressing the issues of pervasive gun violence and the need for gun safety policies. Our featured speakers include Bishop José McLoughlin, Episcopal Diocese of Western NC; David Meeker, co-owner of Trophy Brewing; and Major Rico Boyce, Field Operations, Raleigh Police Department. Participants will have time for breakout discussions following the panel discussion.
About the speakers:
Bishop José McLoughlin is bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Western North Carolina. He is the first Latino person to serve in this role. Before his election as bishop, he served as the Canon to the Ordinary and Chief-of-Staff for the Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma, and prior to that served congregations in the dioceses of Southeast Florida and Virginia. Prior to his call to the priesthood, José worked in the criminal justice field in Florida as a police officer and in the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., in various positions, most recently as the special assistant/senior advisor to the assistant attorney general.
David Meeker is co-owner of Trophy Brewing, State of Beer, and Carpenter Development. David is on the Board of the Raleigh Chamber, Downtown Raleigh Alliance, Common Cause NC, Dix Park, Dogwood Bank Advisory Board, and Artspace. He is also on the Capital Campaign Committee for Healing Transitions, a free detox and recovery center on Dix Park. David is a Raleigh native and lives in downtown Raleigh with his wife and two boys.
Major Rico Boyce has been with the Raleigh Police Department for 21 years. He is currently assigned as the Division Commander of the Field Operations Division (Patrol). Major Boyce has worked as a patrol officer in Southeast Raleigh, a School Resource Officer at Southeast Raleigh High School, a Gang Suppression Unit Officer, a Patrol Sergeant, a Patrol Lieutenant and prior to his recent promotion to Major he was the District Commander of the Southeast District. Major Boyce is from Charlotte, NC and is a graduate of North Carolina Central University.