Della Brown got the idea to hold a series of peace rallies after six people were killed and 19 people were shot over Labor Day weekend.
“God gave me the vision for the ceasefire,” Brown said. “We have to see what we can do differently.”
Brown’s fruition will become reality, starting this weekend. Indy Ceasefire Team, an interfaith group, led by pastor Antonio Lipscomb of Community Church Indy, will hold a series of peace rallies and neighborhood cleanups. The group is calling for a “ceasefire” of violence in the city.
So far this year, there have been over 200 homicides in Indianapolis. Through peace rallies scheduled throughout the weekend of Oct. 30, the group hopes to curb violence in the city.
At 1 p.m. Oct. 31, there will be six peace rallies — at 42nd Street and Post Road, 25th Street and Hillside Avenue, 38th Street and Emerson Avenue, 30th Street and Moller Road, and one in the Haughville area – to provide the community with free food, entertainment and resources, including free haircuts, hearing aids and information on assistance.
City-wide cleanups will also occur starting Oct. 26, with 11 trucks going through the five areas to clean up trash.
“There is an epidemic of violent crime in our country,” Clyde Posley, pastor of Antioch Baptist Church, said. “We are all affected by violence, and it will take all of us to work together to end it.”
For more information, contact organizer Ron G. at 317-778-1694.