Baton Rouge, La. (BRPROUD)– As Baton Rouge homicide rates increase, local advocacy groups took to the streets and called for an end to gun violence.
100 Black Men and C.H.A.N.G.E joined the “Project Safe Neighborhoods” and gathered Saturday morning at the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center to raise awareness about gun violence.
President of 100 Black Men Fred Sibley said, “We are just trying to do our part to make sure people know that help is on the way and that violence is not the real answer to any problems.”
The slogan “Don’t “Steel” a Life” was printed across participants’ shirts, which was a reference to the bullets that have killed some of their loved ones.
C.H.A.N.G.E member Liz Robinson said, “You know we just don’t want to have anyone else to have to walk this journey, this grief journey.”
They were optimistic that these neighborhoods would have been receptive to their message..
During this walk, they went door to door and provided people with information about gun safety and gun violence prevention.
Their motivation stemmed from their own experiences.
“I saw myself in some of the young boys that we were getting in our office to mentor,” said Sibley.
C.H.A.N.G.E member Melissa Baise said, “I lost a son to gun violence, it’s just to help and let people know the hurt and pain you feel, because once your child is gone, there’s still a lot of hurt and pain behind it.”
Even if they could save just one life, they say would be worth it..
“I’m not going to lie, i mean …it’s a lot of people who love it and who are tired of gun violence,” said Baise.
These organizations hoped to be a catalyst for change across Baton Rouge.
Project Safe Neighborhoods partnered with crime stoppers, 100 Black Men, C.H.A.N.G.E. and BRPD to provide resources and for the reduction of gun violence.
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