Neighbors continue to rally against violence

By Maggie Hockenberry

Published 07/31 2014 05:48PM

Updated 07/31 2014 06:13PM

CHAMPAIGN -- People are tired of losing their family members and friends to violence. Now, some have a new approach to fighting back. The community says enough is enough and the violence needs to end. WCIA-3's Maggie Hockenberry has more about what's being done.

People say it's gone on too long. Groups are organizing events to put a stop to the problem. After recent acts of violence, people say it's time to take back their streets.

"They can't run us out, away from where we live. We have to live here and that is important."

Groups have put together events to take a stand. They say they want to see a change.

"We need the whole community to say, 'This is enough.'"

"It's not just a neighborhood problem. It's a community problem."

Harris is putting together a car wash to make a difference. He hopes he can get kids' attention.

"It hits home because I have children that are coming and are teenagers and are seeing this stuff."

Pastor Williams is having a program to give people a chance to speak out about the violence.

"Letting the people know that we are out there as leaders. We do want to make a stand. We do want to do something."

Harris says giving more people a chance is something he'd like to see done. There's too many opportunities on the streets.

"I know a lot of guys that are on the street and do things they do because they feel like they can't get a job. Sometimes they feel like it's their only way."

Supporters say these events will help get the word out. they hope to see a lot of people show up. Organizers say they've had positive reaction for the events planned. They hope to continue taking a stand.

National Night Out
City of Champaign
Tuesday, August 5
4 - 8 pm

Stop the Violence & Listen Car Wash
Advanced Auto Parts, Urbana
Friday, August 8
1 - 5 pm
Proceeds go to school supplies for children

Making a Stand
Champaign-Urbana Day
Douglass Park
Sunday, August 10
2 - 4 pm

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