(BRUNSWICK, Georgia) — Glynn Unified Command, in cooperation with the Department of Justice Community Relations Service, and local community leaders has established a Community Coordination Center (C3) and is conducting a media briefing and Open House on Wednesday, November 17, from 3-4 p.m. at 1800 Albany Street, in Brunswick.
“We have been talking with and listening to citizens, community groups and discussing the importance of the community working together throughout this event,” said Incident Commander Jeremiah Bergquist, spokesperson for Glynn Unified Command. “Establishing the Community Coordination Center is a way to continue fostering relationships between public safety, our local community, and groups that may be coming to Glynn County to engage in lawful assembly and make their voices heard.”
The Community Coordination Center, located within the Rise Risley Community Center, will serve as a neutral venue for community members, leaders, and organizations to engage in peaceful dialogue, collaboration, and events marshal training. There is space for meetings, community interactions, and information will be available on how to contact and coordinate with local government agencies if a group or organization decides to peacefully assemble.
The Community Coordination Center will be staffed by local volunteers who have a vested interest in the community. It will be open Monday thru Friday, from noon to 7 p.m., with additional availability on an as needed basis.
The Rise Risley, Community Center is run by the Coastal Georgia Area Community Action Authority, Inc., and is located in one of Glynn County’s most historic buildings—Risley High School. The building was Brunswick’s first public school for African Americans, opening in 1870 as the Freedmen’s School and later changed to Risley High School to honor Captain Douglas Gilbert Risley, who raised funds for the school’s construction. In 1923, the adjacent building, Colored Memorial High School, was built and named to honor African American veterans in World War I. Both the Colored Memorial School and Risley High School are landmarks of African American education in Glynn County.
For more information about the Community Coordination Center, please contact the Joint Information Center at (912) 324-9911.
The Mission of the Glynn Unified Command is to provide for life safety, and protection of constitutional rights of all citizens, preservation of property, and well-being of the whole community through the coordinated efforts of local public safety agencies, state partners, and the Executive Policy Group. For more information, please visit our website at www.glynnunifiedcommand.org. Follow us on Facebook at Glynn Unified Command and on Twitter @GlynnUnified.