In response to recent incidents of violence, which has claimed the lives of multiple people in New York’s most vulnerable communities, anti-violence organizations are coming together to intervene. A broad coalition of groups are organizing teams of volunteers, clergy, activists and anti-violence experts to walk neighborhood streets in each borough.
A number of groups, including LIFE Camp, Man Up, GMACC and others, came together for a press conference Wednesday to announce the collaborative effort at the location where rapper Chinx was murdered early Sunday morning.
“We don’t need ‘stop-and-frisk, ‘Broken Windows,’ more police or to lock up all our children,” said Erica Ford, CEO of LIFE Camp. “We are the answer to our problem.”
The #NoShootingNYC weekend effort will begin Friday, May 22 at 7 p.m. and end Tuesday, May 26 at 7 a.m. During this window of time, groups will share information and work together to identify “hot spots” in each borough where community members can come together and use the power of their presence to keep weekend activities free of shootings.