Street rally hopes to unite community

City officials are hoping to unite the community against violence.On Saturday, residents marched for a change in the city. The Jackson Police Department decided to add a Stop the Violence Walk and Rally to their annual basketball tournament.On JPS senior said he hopes that this event will help the community.”In Jackson, there’s a lot of crime, so it’s important that we have rallies like this to let the people know that we just need to stop, and stop killing each other and come together,” said Janiyah White.The department hopes to bring awareness to the issues of violence in the city.They also partnered with the Boys and Girls Clubs and JPS to mobilize kids to get involved.One city official reminded of an important time in history from the event.”I take it back to the civil rights movement. When the civil rights movements really took off, young people got involved in it, and so hopefully we can kind of do the same thing with this movement to get young people involved, and hopefully, that’ll take off, because again those are the change-makers,” said Jackson Parks and Recreation Director Ison Harris Jr.This year the city has experienced multiple deaths of teenagers and young adults.Some believe it is events like these that help.”It makes us feel good because it gives us hope for the community, because we are the future,” said Kennedy Robinson.This is one of many Faith and Blue events this week.JPD will host a spoken word and candlelight vigil Sunday evening at 5 p.m. There will then be a balloon release Monday at noon.

City officials are hoping to unite the community against violence.

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On Saturday, residents marched for a change in the city. The Jackson Police Department decided to add a Stop the Violence Walk and Rally to their annual basketball tournament.

On JPS senior said he hopes that this event will help the community.

“In Jackson, there’s a lot of crime, so it’s important that we have rallies like this to let the people know that we just need to stop, and stop killing each other and come together,” said Janiyah White.

The department hopes to bring awareness to the issues of violence in the city.

They also partnered with the Boys and Girls Clubs and JPS to mobilize kids to get involved.

One city official reminded of an important time in history from the event.

“I take it back to the civil rights movement. When the civil rights movements really took off, young people got involved in it, and so hopefully we can kind of do the same thing with this movement to get young people involved, and hopefully, that’ll take off, because again those are the change-makers,” said Jackson Parks and Recreation Director Ison Harris Jr.

This year the city has experienced multiple deaths of teenagers and young adults.

Some believe it is events like these that help.

“It makes us feel good because it gives us hope for the community, because we are the future,” said Kennedy Robinson.

This is one of many Faith and Blue events this week.

JPD will host a spoken word and candlelight vigil Sunday evening at 5 p.m. There will then be a balloon release Monday at noon.

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