In the last two weeks there have been over 42 shootings in Chicago IL, and last week three women who had been held captive for over a decade and suffered abuse, were rescue from their capture in Cleveland Ohio.
In the USA Today Monday May 13, 2013 edition of the newspaper, the caption on the second page read:”Mother’s Day shooting wounded 19 people, 2 of which were children.” The FBI said the shooting appeared to be “street violence”. On the very same page listed under state news was a story about the 37 hour standoff with an armed man inside a
home that ended in the death of
the 38 year old man, after he took the life of a 44 year old woman and her four
year old child. It was reported that he had abused the remaining 4 children of
which he was holding hostage at gun point. When law enforcement entered the
home to rescue the remaining children, they found the body of the mother and
her child in an advanced state of decomposition. Last month the world would sit
and watch as cities and communities would be polarized by the senseless on
going violence against women and youth around the country. And yet with all
that, someone would echo in a public comment it was a good day, compared to
what normally happens around here. Women and children across the country are
victims suffering from hunger, homelessness, abuse, drugs, bullying and cyber
bullying. Violence is killing children wholesale. Never before has there been a
need for so much intervention and counseling. Just Google bullying and youth
violence and you’ll find what looks like a yellow page directory. Trenton, New Jersey
On June 22, 2013, Women Working 2gether LLC will host what they hope will produce a five city tour around the country in A Call to Peace concert. The objective is to encourage youth to take an oath by signing a pledge to become peace makers and peace ambassadors in their communities and schools. The promoters have secured Diggy Simmons, Jacob Latimore ,OMG Girlz, Trevor Jackson, Chapter 47 and several other artists and guest celebrities to be a part of this historical concert and National initiative that will begin the positive dialogue needed to put an end to violence. We are calling on some of the top artists in the industry to join us in promoting this worthy cause. A call to peace is not about who calls it, but about how we respond to the call. Think about all the great leaders who have call us to organize and how it helped us to revitalize our communities, the greatest being The Million Man March in 1995. Our communities, our schools, our women, families and the youth deserve to have a right to life without the fear of feeling like there’s no hope for the future.
Please commit yourselves to come out and support us on Saturday June 22, 2013 at Carowinds theme park to raise awareness around ending abuse, bullying and violence. This important cause transcends all economic, social and racial backgrounds. Everyone is a victim!