Fulton County Solicitor presents anti-violence message to students

“Real Talk About the Law: Guns Down, Heads Up” is an anti-crime program co-sponsored by multiple concerned community organizations in cooperation with the Office of the Fulton County Solicitor General. CONTRIBUTED

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“Real Talk About the Law: Guns Down, Heads Up” is an anti-crime program co-sponsored by multiple concerned community organizations in cooperation with the Office of the Fulton County Solicitor General. CONTRIBUTED

Fulton Solicitor Keith Gammage and the Office of the Fulton County Solicitor General along with Atlanta Public Schools and Fulton County Schools will host Real Talk About the Law, according to a press release. The award-winning anti-crime presentation created by the National Black Prosecutors Association will take place 9:30 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Nov. 13 at the Georgia International Convention Center, 2000 Convention Center Concourse, College Park.

The program, which has been developed to reach youth, features a collaboration of prosecutors, serious former offenders, survivors of crime, jailers and rappers all coming together to try and save children from rampant violence in the community.

Speakers will address the reasons, consequences and solutions to youth violence with hard-hitting discussions about life and critical thinking.

The program includes a *“Peace Pledge” and a teen job and resource fair. Students will hear personal testimonies from author and ex-offender Desiree Lee and ex-gang member and gun violence victim Hugo Roscha. These program participants will share first-hand experiences in the criminal justice system. Prosecutors and jailers will be on hand to give teens the harsh realities of incarceration and how to safely respond during a police encounter.

The program is co-sponsored by The Atlanta Hawks, The National Black Prosecutors Association – Southeast Region, Atlanta Public Schools, Fulton County Schools, The City of Atlanta, The City of College Park and chapters of the Atlanta Cluster of The Links, Incorporated which include Atlanta, Azalea City, Buckhead-Cascade, Camelia Rose, Dogwood City, and Magnolia Chapters. Other surprise guests include rappers Young Jeezy and 21 Savage who have been engaged to encourage students to follow their dreams and not the street life.