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WCNY to host free screening of ‘Charm City’ in Utica

WCNY, Central New York’s community-owned flagship public broadcaster presents a free screening of “Charm City” at 7 p.m. April 11 at Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute located at 310 Genesee St in Utica.  The screening is part of the Indie Lens Pop Up Series.

A discussion moderated by Patrick Johnson follows. Johnson is the founder and director of the Hoops & Dreams Project and New Life Institute. The Utica Police Department’s Community Outreach Team and The Gun Involved Violence Elimination (GIVE) initiative will have information tables at the event.

The screening is free but registration is required at  ”Charm City” premieres at 10 p.m. April 22 on WCNY-TV.

About ‘Charm City’

Filmed during three years of unparalleled violence in Baltimore, “Charm City” delivers a powerfully candid portrait of those on the frontlines. With grit, fury, and compassion, a group of police, citizens, community leaders, and government officials grapple with the consequences of violence and try to reclaim their city’s future.

About Patrick Johnson

Patrick Johnson is the founder and director of the Hoops & Dreams Project and New Life Institute. He has led a number of initiatives addressing street violence and racism since 2002. The Hoops & Dreams Project was started to restore unity in the black community but also addressing the biggest issues plaguing the African American Community. This project places a special focus on ending gun violence, drug and alcohol use, racism, the value of education, building better relationships with those outside of the African American community, and developing more trust and rapport with law enforcement officers.

Johnson is a consultant on race relations in America. He has led countless discussions on race relations and worked with many different organizations including Non Profit Organizations, government employees, educators, law enforcement officers, and people from all walks of life for the purpose of building healthy relationships. He is currently serving as Program Director of Save Our Streets–a program addressing gun violence in the city of Utica. He does this under the Oneida County District Attorney’s Office.

Patrick has worked with hundreds of Utica’s inner city youth, families and young adults over the past 20 years as a counselor and mentor. He sees systemic racism, poverty and gun violence as some of America’s biggest  problems.

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