This past weekend, organizers of a 72-hour Baltimore Ceasefire initiative took to the streets to march, pray, and heal with other residents of Baltimore City. Their goal was to slow the pace of violence in their community and encouraged residents of Baltimore to go one full weekend without anyone getting murdered. The participants of Baltimore Ceasefire are deeply invested in the well-being of their city and bringing us all together for a more unified sense of community. They aren’t unrealistic about their goals–they know their initiative may not instantly stop murders in Baltimore, but it can certainly help to alleviate some of the violence embedded in our town.
Unfortunately, despite their efforts, two murders took place in Baltimore this past weekend. The organizers aren’t ready to throw in the towel just yet, though. As reported by CNN, Baltimore Ceasefire organizer Erricka Bridgeford and other key members took to the streets of West Baltimore to urge drug dealers and gang members to put down their guns. For them, it isn’t just a matter of setting goals and fulfilling them instantly; their goal is to create a movement and begin a larger conversation about violence in the city.
Confronting an Epidemic
In 2016, there were 318 murders in the city of Baltimore. The two deaths that happened this weekend bring 2017’s total to 210 lives lost. There’s a reason why so many are doubtful of the Baltimore Ceasefire’s effectiveness, but they believe community outreach is a huge initial step in quelling this rampant violence. Even in the face of what may seem like hopelessness, the organizers of Baltimore Ceasefire continue to hit the streets and attempt to make a difference.
If you want to help the organizers of Baltimore Ceasefire, their Facebook page is a great first start. They post community events that you can attend to be part of the conversation, including cookouts, basketball games, and marches. They’re also taking donations, which have thus far been used to help alleviate the financial needs of the bereaved. Perhaps most importantly is spreading the ideology behind Baltimore Ceasefire, being willing to have a conversation, and caring about the lives that inhabit Baltimore City.
Talk to My Brother’s Keeper About Helping in Baltimore
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