Monterey, CA…Monterey County District Attorney Jeannine M. Pacioni announced today that she has created a Multi-Cultural Community Council (MCCC), comprised of a diverse group of community leaders from throughout Monterey County, who volunteer their time and expertise to educate, promote and engage in tough conversations to increase intercultural relationship and understanding.
The initial members include Chris Barrera (President-LULAC #2055), Pastor Anthony Dunham
(Friendship Baptist Church of Seaside), Deacon Warren Hoy (Diocese of Monterey), Barbara Mitchell (Executive Director, Interim, Inc.), Dr. Carissa Purnell (Director, Alisal Family Resource Centers for the Alisal Union School District), and Yvonne Thomas (President- NAACP Monterey County).
The members will function as a collaborative advisory council to DA Pacioni on matters concerning different cultural/faith groups, law enforcement and the community at large. Members are appointed by DA Pacioni in consultation with MCCC Co-Chairs.
The mission of the MCCC is to seek fair and equal justice, ensure open communications, inclusive community participation, and to offer education on the criminal justice system. In the process, we hope to engender trust and provide transparency that strengthens intercultural connections and relationships within our county.