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Monday, September 27, 2010

Bronx Leaders Take to The Streets for Peace

Congressman Engel and B.P. Diaz work for "Peace in our Streets" in Wakefield on Saturday.
On Saturday, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. teamed up with members of the Bronx Clergy Task Force, New Yorkers Against Gun Violence, local elected officials, and community leaders, launched the “Peace in Our Streets” initiative.

The new program will bring elected officials like Diaz, religious leaders, law enforcement officials, and others into direct contact with Bronx residents to discuss growing safely concerns and violence in neighborhoods. They are especially concerned about the proliferation of illegal guns.

“Gun violence is a scourge on our communities, and Bronxites have made it clear to me that they will not sit by and allow the action of a few thugs to ruin the good work we have done rebuilding the Bronx," said Diaz in a statement.

The Bronx is currently experiencing a surge in gun violence, with murders and shooting incidents both rising significantly borough-wide.

The initiative kicked off at the Greater Faith Temple on White Plains Road in Wakefield. Diaz, Congressman Eliot Engel and others handed out literature on gun violence and other issues. They also spoke with neighborhood residents about fixing problems in their communities.

Bronx District Attorney Robert T. Johnson said curbing the gun problem would take a borough-wide effort.

“The D.A.’s Office will continue to prosecute and incarcerate those who possess illegal guns: ultimately, however, it’s going to take all all-out effort by every segment of our community to educate about the dangers in order to bring about a change in the culture,” Johnson said in a statement.

Going forward, the “Peace in Our Streets” initiative aims to regularly take to the streets and outreach. The next meeting and outreach campaign will take place on Saturday, Oct. 9, at the Mount Hermon Baptist Church, 1170 Nelson Avenue, in Highbridge at 1 p.m.

--By Layza Garcia

1 comment:

  1. This is Mark Rodriguez and I have to say it again that these politicians and other leaders just don't get it. If you REALLY want to curb crime and youth violence, it starts in the home, A STABLE HOME. Where BOTH parents and their families interact with our kids. But until the day The NYS Legal and Court System stops destroying families for profit, our youth will continue to be lost to crime and violence.


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