MVOC to Host Prayer Vigil to End Domestic Violence
Community to gather for prayer and reflections on
the evening before Warren teen Bresha Meadows’ next court appearance
Warren, Ohio — To mark the beginning of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the Mahoning Valley Organizing Collaborative will host a Prayer Vigil to End Domestic Violence on Wednesday, Oct. 5, the evening before Warren teen Bresha Meadows’ next court appearance.
The Prayer Vigil will begin at 6 p.m. in Courthouse Square in downtown Warren. The evening will include remarks from religious and civic leaders, a musical performance, and a candlelight vigil. Participants are encouraged to wear purple and bring candles, signs, and pictures of loved ones impacted by domestic violence.
In July, then 14-year-old Bresha Meadows was arrested for the shooting death of her father and has been detained at the Trumbull County Juvenile Detention Center since then. In the days following her arrest, family members came forward with reports of a troubling family history of domestic abuse.
On Thursday, Oct. 6, the day after the vigil, Bresha is to appear in Trumbull County Family Court. No determination has been made yet as to whether she will be tried as a juvenile or whether her case will be referred to adult court. If convicted as an adult, she could face life in prison.
“Bresha’s story should be a wake-up call to our community,” said Marcia Dinkins, Executive Director of Mahoning Valley Organizing Collaborative. “Clearly something is broken when a tragedy like this happens in our midst. As a community and justice system, we failed to safeguard and protect Bresha, her mother and her siblings. What resources do our social service agencies and police require so they can really help families dealing with abuse?”
At the Vigil to End Domestic Violence, Mahoning Valley Organizing Collaborative will call for this community to organize to get families the help they need so that this doesn’t happen again. This is also a call on the justice system to provide rehabilitation and services to Bresha and victims like her.
What: Prayer Vigil to End Domestic Violence
Who: Mahoning Valley Organizing Collaborative
Where: Courthouse Square in downtown Warren, corner of Park Ave and Market Street
When: Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016; 6 p.m.
This event is open to press and coverage is welcome.
MVOC Executive Director Marcia Dinkins will be available to speak with media representatives.
The Mahoning Valley Organizing Collaborative brings together neighborhood, faith-based and labor groups in Trumbull, Mahoning and Columbiana counties to develop grassroots leaders, cultivate healthy neighborhoods and promote racial, social and economic justice. MVOC is nonpartisan and does not endorse or support candidates for office. Learn more at mvorganizing.org.