Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Local leaders are putting their best foot forward in an effort to stop to gang violence.
Organizers, business leaders and local law enforcement officers have joined forces for the walk against gang violence. The event hopes to bring awareness to gang-related crimes and the impact on local communities.
“As we march by some of the houses that have been affected, we want to make sure we point those out,” said Lavonta Williams, Wichita city council member.
The 2.1 mile walk starts at 17th and Wabash, across 17th to Piatt, south on Piatt to 11th, west on 11th to Hydraulic, and then north on Hydraulic to 15th Street.
Other activities are also planned at McAdams Park on E. 13th St. More than 50 educational booths and displays will be showcased. The booths will provide information about summer activities, drug and alcohol awareness, community resources and educational opportunities.
Organizers expect a record turnout for this year’s event.
"If there's 3,000 gang members, 6,000 people walking against 3,000, I think we have them overmatched this time,” said Pastor William Vann.
The walk against gang violence starts Saturday, April 14 at 10 a.m. Booth and activities begin at 9:30 a.m.
The first 1,500 participants will receive a free t-shirt. The event is open to all ages.