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7. Marching for Safer Streets
There was a march through the Boyle Heights
of Los Angeles. The march was sponsored by
coalition of local organizations and agencies. The purpose
the march was to bring awareness to the
in the community. Many people have been killed
of gun violence and other crimes.
at 9 a.m. on a busy corner. Many
brought their children to the march. The crowd
to walk down the neighborhood sidewalks. Occasionally the
would stop, and an organizer using a bullhorn
tell the story of a person who was
. After the organizer told the story, there would
a prayer followed by a moment of silence.
were relatives of people who had been killed
in the march. Some of these relatives would
lit candles, balloons, or flowers in remembrance of
persons who died. One woman who died was
in the lake of Hollenbeck Park. Police suspect
her boyfriend killed her. She had a baby
. Her ex-husband participated in the march and asked
organizers include her in their prayers.
for 20 blocks, and ended at Wabash Park.
the march was somber, the mood inside the
was more celebratory. Different organizations had booths with
about local programs. There was a craft table
kids to draw picture about the kind of
they wanted to live in. Different bands played
speakers offering solutions to the neighborhood's problems.
same day there was another march at a
housing project. In the spring, four houses were
. Police suspect the attacks were racially motivated. Organizers
to hold the march again next year. They
hoped though that conditions in the neighborhood would
so they wouldn't have to march, though.