Tacoma City Officials, Puyallup Tribe Councilmembers, Community-Based and Faith-Based Organizations and our Youth “Take It To The Streets”.
by Evangelist Janis Clark
One thing is for sure, Tacoma concerned citizens is taking to the streets to help curb the recent uptick of violence. Approximately 300 citizens, to include an impressive group of African American Granddads, Dads, Uncles, Brothers, Nephews and Cousins hit the pavement for a “Call To Action – Tacoma Cease-Fire”. This movement is led by Community Leader Candace Wesley.
“Tacoma Mayor Victoria Woodards says that there have been 22 homicides in the city so far this year, more than all of 2018. Every city council member on Tuesday, September17 voted in favor of a “ceasefire” proclamation, but Woodards says the city is only a part of the solution.” “When citizens of Tacoma like this step up and say, ‘We know there is a problem and we know we are part of the solution,’ that’s a different narrative,” Woodards said.
On Wednesday, September 25th, “Drums Not Guns Peace March” organized by Stephanie Smith-Bright will begin at the old Portland Avenue Community Center now ran by the Korean Women Association (KWA) at 3513 East Portland Ave, Tacoma, WA 98404 and end at the Puyallup Tribal Administration Building on Portland Avenue. Also joining the Peace March is Elder A.J. Watkins, D. Min., Pastor of Simonton Genesis Ministries, Inc., with a faith-based response of “Fight for Peace – Protect Our Streets” in “laying down a blanket of prayer” for our loved city, Tacoma.