Robert Jackson led ‘Run for Peace’ through 31st Senatorial District

Joined by State Senator Bill Perkins, community members and other runners, former City Council Member, Robert Jackson, led a “Run for Peace” Sunday through 12.8 miles of the 31st Senatorial District. The run started at 26th Street and Ninth Avenue and continued up the West Side to the district’s northern most point in Marble Hill.

“We must stop the violence in our homes, our community, our country and around the world,” said Jackson. “It’s all forms of violence: the senseless killings, domestic abuse and child abuse and all the things going on in our community, city and country, as well as the bombings, terrorism and other unthinkable acts we see around the world. We must all work together and say we’ve had enough. This is not just a three-hour run. Our work will be ongoing against violence.”

At each of the stops, the runners were joined by community members and clergy. At Broadway and 151st Street, more than 80 people, including the family of Kenny Jimenez, who, along with Francisco Mercedez, was fatally shot at that location two weeks ago, gathered and were lead in prayer by community leader Shelly Fine and the Rev. Jeffrey Crenshaw. In front of Temple B’nai Jeshurun on the Upper West Side, a neighborhood policeman joined in the prayer for peace. And at the final stop, the runners were greeted with an enthusiastic reception in Marble Hill at St. Stephen’s United Methodist Church.

“I applaud Robert Jackson for leading this run to stop the violence and for the leadership he’s provided over the years on this issue,” said Iesha Sekou, the director of Street Corner Resources, an organization that helps kids rethink gang involvement and violence. “We need to get young people to change their way of thinking and being. We need to get people involved to find a better way, a peaceful way. This run is what the community needs.”

State Senator Bill Perkins added, “Thank you to Robert Jackson for leading this run promoting peace and unity in our community. As we ran the course, and as we stopped for prayers for peace, there was a great spirit in the community to come together against the violence. We need to continue this effort as we move forward.”

Jackson concluded, “I want to thank the runners, community members and clergy that joined us in this ‘Run for Peace.’ Together we can make a difference, and we must all continue to try.”