|Stop The Killing to mark its 25th year|
|Anti-violence activists gather on Oct. 26|
|Published Wednesday, October 23, 2013 10:29 am|
Stop the Killing is celebrating 25 years of activism.
The Charlotte anti-crime advocacy group will host Citizens Appreciation Day Oct. 26 from 12-2 p.m. the West Boulevard BP at 1601 Remount Ave. to mark the reduction in Charlotte’s murder rate since 1988. In 1993, Charlotte police reported a record 125 homicides, but law enforcement credited community activism led by groups like Stop The Killing, the rate dropped to 52 murders in 2012.
“As we now see an increase in the rate of murders it is clear that we all need to join together once again and help to end the year with another decrease,” Stop the Killing Founder Rev. James Barnett said in a statement to supporters. “By highlighting the good work of the so-called little people it is the belief of many of us that it will give us hope and pride. Too many times we only highlight those things that we see as wrong.”
Free hot dogs and hamburgers will be available at the gathering and organizers plan to bring businesses and community activists together for an anti-violence campaign and “1,000 Black Men” rally.
For more information, call Barnett at (704) 333-6471.
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