The homicides of two young East Palo Altans just three blocks apart on Oct. 5 have prompted the community to hold a peace march and rally on Sunday, Oct. 14.
Organizers describe the event as the kickoff of a movement for permanent change.
"Local and national TV stations and newspapers broadcast story after violent story every day, and we become so accustomed to it that we remain unfazed until violence personally invades our own lives," organizers of the EPA Stop the Violence Peace March and Rally stated in a press release.
"Too many innocent people are injured and killed amid violence and gang warfare -- battles that are NOT their own. Domestic violence, child abuse and molestation, murder, assaults, rape.
"We may be unaware or indifferent to victims on the news, but they may actually be our next-door neighbors, the lady who sits quietly in the same pew at church, the young man who throws the newspaper, or that child who played with yours at the playground. Too often, we see it and we know it happens but we 'don't want to get involved.'"
Participants will meet at 1:30 p.m. at Home Depot, 1781 East Bayshore Road, on the corner of East Bayshore and Park Street, at the rear entrance. The march will commence at 2 p.m. with a walk to Jack Farrell Park at 2508 Fordham St.
"Change is not the sole responsibility of law enforcement or the judicial system. Change begins in our homes, our neighborhoods, and our cities. We invite every citizen to join us. Anyone who has lost someone, please join us. We welcome you with open arms and we know you are not alone," said the organizers, who include City Councilman David Woods.
The group needs someone to take pictures and make a video dedicated to family and friends who have died violently in the city. They request any photos and names of victims for the video project, for use as a backdrop on the stage at the park, and for a permanent memorial.
Photos can be posted on Facebook or by emailing the following people: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com.
More information is available by contacting Lisa Yarbrough-Gauthier at 408-368-0475 or through email at firstname.lastname@example.org.