Activists take to the streets of Philadelphia’s hardest-hit areas, hoping to bring peace – Greeley Tribune

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – So far this year, there have been at least 1,300 shootings in Philadelphia. Some people believe that the mayor, police department and DA office are not doing enough.

A group will once again take to the streets in some of the toughest areas of the city, hoping to bring peace to our streets.

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To the critics who ask, why don’t people in communities ravaged by gun violence do anything about it? The answer is what countless men and women actively do—in the case, Rev. G. Lamar Stewart Sr., who leads a group trying to attack the root of the problem.

“Every night for the month of August, Taylor Memorial Baptist Church, along with several dozen other churches, have popped up on street corners throughout downtown Philadelphia,” said Rev. Stewart.

Rev. Stewart will be joined by other pastors, church members, and others with a unified mission.

“Essentially, we’re going to be having conversations from 9 to 11 p.m. with men and women who are on the street around education, around employment,” said Rev. Stewart.

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When he last did this in June, Rev. Stewart says an average of 10 to 20 people would join him. Jeffrey Brown joined in June and he’s back again.

Brown said, “When you see stories on the news or even when you’re driving through neighborhoods, you don’t really get the fact that even in the hottest hotspots there is community going on. Is.”

The three areas they’re targeting are Nicetown, North Philly, and Northwest Philly, some of the cities’ hardest-hit neighborhoods.

“These are our kids. These are young adults, these are young men and women who look like me. I’m not afraid of them,” said Rev. Stewart. “If we could prevent a young person or a young adult from taking a gun to use that gun because we were able to speak wisdom in that person or connect them to a resource they needed, It’s a win for us.”

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In June, Rev. Stewart says he enlisted about 4,000 people at night, and 700 of those showed up at the end of the event job fair, and more than 200 have already been employed. They will organize another job fair on August 31.

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