After several months of gathering feedback from Coalition partners, community members, and graphic designers, Coalition staff worked with Adams Outdoor Advertising to launch this three-month anti-violence billboard messaging campaign at five locations in Champaign and Urbana. We are thankful to Adams Outdoor Advertising for contributing two of these locations at no additional cost to the Coalition. Please find the billboard images located in Champaign at the following locations: Mattis and Church, Bradley and Prospect, and State and Vine. The Urbana billboards are located at University and Race and University and Broadway. We hope you are able to check them out!
Champaign County Community Coalition Hosting a Special Town Hall Meeting on October 13 at 5:30pm
Champaign - The Champaign County Community Coalition, in partnership with WCIA-TV, invites the public to attend a special Community Coalition meeting and Victory Over Violence Town Hall on October 13, 2021. This event will be held at the Champaign Holiday Inn (101 Trade Center Drive) starting at 5:30 p.m. For the health and safety of all participants, everyone attending will be asked to wear a face mask and seating is limited to the first 100 people to register. Please click here to register and attend in-person. For those unable or uncomfortable attending in-person, the event will also be live streamed at wcia.com from 6:00-7:30 p.m.
WCIA Anchor Jennifer Roscoe will moderate the Victory Over Violence panel discussion featuring these panelists:
• Sheriff Dustin Heuerman, Champaign County Sheriff’s Office
• James “Tygar” Corbin, First Followers (Provider of direct support services for the formerly incarcerated and impacted community members.)
• Regina Crider, Youth and Family Peer Support Alliance (Family-run organization that advocates for family needs and voices.)
• Sheldon Turner, Champaign Unit 4 Schools (High school-age youth programs Operation Hope and Goal Getters.)
“While the community has been experiencing multiple crises of health, economics, education, and police reform, community violence remains our top priority,” said Community Coalition Facilitator Tracy Parsons. “The Coalition looks forward to providing an update on initiatives that are taking place throughout Champaign County in response to increased community violence. Individuals and organizations will share how their activities are impacting Champaign County.”
The Champaign County Community Coalition is a network of stakeholders (including community members, law enforcement, education, juvenile justice, faith leaders, behavioral health, local government, child welfare, community service providers) who are working collaboratively to improve the lives of youth and families in Champaign-Urbana. The Champaign County Community Coalition understands the urgency of identifying solutions and addressing our community’s most challenging social and economic issues, which often revolve around community violence. Learn more about the Community Coalition and how you can get involved at champaigncommunitycoalition.org.