Georgia Association of Black Elected Officials comes to Augusta

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News 12 at 6 o'clock, October 25, 2007

AUGUSTA, Ga.---The Georgia Association of Black Elected Officials is kicking off its 37th Annual Fall Conference in Augusta. News 12 has a preview.

It is just the group's second stop in Augusta in its 37 year history. This year's message is "Stopping the Violence, Ending the Carnage, Saving Our Children."

State Representatives Quincy Murphy and Henry Howard and Senator Ed Tarver are just some of the local officials hosting the conference. The group is 700 members strong from across the state of Georgia.

They are calling for immediate legislative and community action to reduce what they call an ever-increasing wave of violence and death in the black community. And they're asking for everyone and anyone willing to help.

"It's necessary for all our communities to pool our resources to include the information that's necessary to begin to challenge and deal with the problem that we find that we are facing as it relates to criminal activity," said Rep. Murphy.

"Our goal while we are here this week is to find solutions to the problem," said Rep. Tyrone Brooks. "Solutions that we can begin to talk about holistically and collectively."

The conference will be held in conjunction with the 15th Annual CSRA Classic.

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