Standing Room Only In GR For “Stop The Violence” Meeting

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. –In response to a December and January that saw many homicide investigations in Grand Rapids, community members are holding a series of meetings in an attempt to fight back back against the violence.

It was standing room only inside the Life Quest Church on Fisk Street on the city’s southeast side Wednesday night.  Church leaders invited those living in the neighborhood out to discuss ways to reach the young people living in the area and hopefully end the string of violence.

The focus of the meeting was to get young people involved in the discussion, asking them what they think is behind the violence and what can be done to stop it.

19-year-old Kevin Smith was at the meeting.  He said he knows people that have been killed and others that have been put in jail recently.  He’s hopeful a good turn out at the meeting will bring about a real change but said he won’t be convinced until action is taken on the street.

Smith said, “It can’t just be this room of people.  Number one, it has to be the parents that step up, it has to be male role models, number two and number three it has to be the police.  They have to enforce more.”

The meeting at the church on Fisk Street was the second of it’s kind in a series of community events all designed to stop the criminal activity in the city.

Here is a list of the upcoming “Stop the Violence” events.

  • February 5: Coffee with Captain Payne starting at 5:30 p.m, at 636 Bates Street S.E.
  • February 7: Link will host a dialogue at GR Ford Middle School from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., at 851 Madison Avenue SE.
  • February 21: Members of the clergy will discuss congregational care and development at 5:30 p.m., located at 618 Jefferson Avenue SE.
  • February 25-28: The Urban League will host a discussion on mental health during the evening, located at 745 Eastern Avenue SE.

Read more HERE.

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  • AnnaMarieLeBeau

    SO TRUE Kevin!! so true!! When the baby daddies up and disappear and don't work hard and set a correct example for their offspring, (in word and in deed), then it's no wonder why people think it's ok to take advantage of whatever can be taken advantage of. I mean, their daddy took advantage of their momma, so why not let the momma take advantage of the state, even tho she may work hard herself? Also, a son needs someone to show him how to be a REAL man; how to respect a woman (open doors for her, make sure she has enough money to feed and clothe and house the children, not beat her or in any other way abuse her, show him how necessary it is to WORK for what you want, not just take it from someone else just because you think you deserve it, and how to be a productive member of society. A little girl needs her daddy to show her how a man is supposed to treat a woman and he is to be the bar against all future men in her life will have to be measured. Do you guys out there even CARE or THINK about this when you are about to get jiggy with it?? That EACH time you bed down a woman you take the risk of having all this responsibility in the future? Nah, you don't care. You just want to feel good right now and the woman is gonna let ya. Girls, you also need to retrieve your heads from your arses…don't let the guys play. You have a responsibility to let the men in your life know they must respect you. And you don't get respect by taking risks either. Think about all this. Think about how if you want respect, if you think you deserve respect, then you have to respect others. Not get self righteous and mad and throw an adult temper tantrum and hurt or kill someone. That is NOT the way to get respect. That is the way to get everyone to think, humph…what a hood…he/she did not listen to whatever their parents may have tried to teach them.

  • Tina

    They can toss some birth control in ,stop breeding just because you can.Babies take a lot of love &money to raise , they don't give love back until they are older.Stop thinking ,you just Need a baby ,that it will make him love you and stay with you.