Community activists plan peace marches to tackle gun violence in Detroit
DETROIT – Some local activists are putting their feet on the ground to fight the recent violence in Detroit.
There have been several shootings involving children over the past week and four activists have said it is not enough to talk about them.
“We are here to love our brothers, to encourage our brothers, to pray with our brothers, to raise our brothers, possibly to do intervention work with our brothers, to offer our brothers another alternative,” said Reverend Teferi. Brent with Dignity 4 Detroit.
They are preparing for multiple peace marches across Detroit called “Light Up the Nights”.
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âWe are here to let our young people know that we hear you. We hear your cry. We hear your pain, âsaid Reverend Darryl Woods.
They said they wanted to wander through Detroit’s most dangerous neighborhoods during the most dangerous times of the day due to the most recent violence and shootings on children.
âIt’s draining. It makes you want to cry. We have to wake up. We have to educate, âsaid Ortagus Jackson El of Cease Fire Detroit.
The most heartbreaking shooting happened when 2-year-old Brison Christian was killed while in the car with his family on Interstate 75. Brison’s older brother was also shot dead, but he was killed. survived.
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âWe ask the brothers not to shoot in a house. Don’t shoot the cars. Do not make car trips. All of these acts are cowardly. They are not gangsters. You’re a baby killer, âBrent said.
These men realize that there have been several marches, several demonstrations, even community round tables, about the violence but they said their movement is different,
âIt’s not for the show. It is for the mobilization. It’s to connect the community and get people out on the streets, âsaid Keith Bennett.
The next âLight Up the Nightâ Peace March will be at 8:30 pm on July 2nd. Your starting point is 13501 Rosa Parks Blvd. in Detroit.
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