Community workshop set for Saturday

CNJ staff

Bringing the community together is the purpose of Saturday’s Linking Arms Linking Lives workshop, according to organizer Sistar Yancy.

The workshop aims to bring community organizations together to share information on how they’re addressing issues such as drugs, violence and gangs in the community.

“We are able to go all areas of Clovis and work our problems and situations and circumstances and have a discussion,” she said. “We want to be able to cross boundaries, cross lines, cross ethnic groups …”

The keynote speaker of the workshop is John Perkins, a community organizer and president of the John M. Perkins Foundation for Reconciliation and Development in Jackson, Miss.

Linking Arms, Linking Lives is a about 30 years old and has been held in other states. Yancy said she has organized similar workshops in California.

“I saw the division (in Clovis) and I wanted to do something about it,” said Yancy, who moved to Clovis three years