March to end violence in Albany's South End

July 26, 2018 10:34 AM

A group of dozens calling themselves Albany's Concerned Citizens marched the streets in Albany's South end Sunday chanting sounds for freedom, freedom from the recent violence on so many of the city's streets.

"We decided we all need to come together to make a change and not just in Arbor Hill, not just in South end not just west end but in the city of Albany," said Patrick Johnson of Albany Concerned Citizens.

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"We figured today we need to march the streets, walk the streets echoing the sound of peace to let the people know we are fed up in the community with the violence," said Corey Johnson of Albany's Concerned citizens.

To date, there have been eight homicides in Albany and 35 shootings. Those in the community say this has left their neighbors with a feeling of despair.

"They're angry, they want more, they want their communities cleaned, they want some love," said Jamil Hood of Albany's Concerned Citizens.

"Literally this walk is about life or death. As we've seen over the course of not even a month, we've had some tragic incidents,"  said Albany Councilwoman Dorcey Applyrs.

Residents and politicians from all different Albany neighborhoods walked side by side from Krank Park to Tuenice Street where the memorial for anti-violence activist and recent homicide victim Elijah Cancer was located. Some there say this was extremely significant.

"It marked a beginning and an end to the violence," Hood said. "There hasn't been any in days. The community and areas are calm right now. There's change coming. So we're starting to see improvement."

While many in Albany say they feel change is already on the horizon, some attending say going back to basic principles will make all the difference in this community.

"We need to rethink what it means to love thy neighbor and we need to put more respect on human life and ban together at a serious time like this," said Applyrs.


Brooke Selby

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