Milwaukee gun violence called epidemic, teens sign peace treaty

MILWAUKEE (WITI) — A loud message from Milwaukee’s north side — stop the violence. Several anti-violence rallies happening tonight, and one scheduled at the last-minute in response to an overnight shooting at another city park.

Milwaukee County Supervisor David Bowen going so far, as calling shooting violence in Milwaukee an epidemic. Bowen organized the call to action at Tiefenthaler Park.

Another rally happened earlier in the evening at the Agape Community Center, trying to reach local teens. As we’ve seen in recent shootings, both the accused and the victims have been young.

The difficult reality is, violence is far too routine for Milwaukee’s youth.

“Unfortunately a lot of shootings a lot of killings a lot of violence going on,” said Al Luzi, Agape Community Center.

And when seeing violence becomes routine, taking part may not be far off.

“It’s becoming normal that you make a mistake, especially in the city right now, and it’s going to cost you your life,” said Pardeep Kaleka, speaker.

The mission of the Agape Community Center is to reach young before violence does, but also help them cope if violence already has.

“Our teens here decided that they wanted to do something about that in terms of just simply spreading,” said Luzi.

Today’s rally was organized by teens, to motivate an even younger face, and give them the opportunity to commit to a cause of anti-violence. Signing their own peace treaty, trying to instill at a young age, they have the power to overcome.

“We have to continue to do these things and if they see that leaders their age doing it then they will just follow suit,” said Abena May, teen organizer.

“Be able to capture them young and start steering them young, so once we start to do that, they start to see what a future could be,” said Ashanti Hamilton, city alderman.

But it’s not the only message in Milwaukee tonight. Bowen says he wants residents to form neighborhood watch groups and report crime when they see it. He also says more police are needed.

Whether its reaching out to the Milwaukee’s youth, or standing up to violence when it happens, the message in Milwaukee is that something has to be done.

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7 comments

  • Barbara

    There will be a peace walk and rally on Saturday May 31st. starting at 11:00A.M.. This is a collaborated between the North side and The Southside. The North side will start their walk beginning at 27th and Garfield and the Southside will begin at 16th and Lincoln. Both groups will make their way across 27th St.and come together at the Domes. There will be water,gatorade,and juice provided for all and at the end there will be free transportation back to your vehicle. There are schools on both sides that are providing parking on the grounds and security to watch your car’s. This is for one and all,young and old. This rally is to show that Milwaukee is a strong community and we are ready to take back our streets and make them safe once again for our children and grandchildren. If you would like more info or would like to join and be a part of this event,you can go on Facebook and find the details on “Young Men Put The Guns Down!!!!”. We need to show that we will do whatever it takes to bring safety and pride back to Milwaukee. The shooting of young children needs to stop!!!!!

  • cynic

    Once again confusing activism with action. Not one illegal gun-toting thug will be at these rallies or even care they are happening. This comes down to the justice system cracking down on criminals and citizens protecting themselves. All the peace treaties, ceasefire weeks, speeches, walks, talks, and other empty gestures are worthless.

  • FED UP WITH THE VIOLENCE

    UNTIL PARENTS START RAISING THEIR CHILDREN CORRECTLY, THIS ISN’T GOING TO STOP. IF YOU ARE READY TO TAKE BACK THE STREETS THEN START RAISING YOUR CHILDREN IN STEAD OF THE CHILDREN RAISING THE PARENTS.

  • harvester of sorrow

    wow. this would be like holding a rally to stop the Milwaukee Bucks from losing so many games. people really think this is going to solve the problem? how many of these sorts of things have they already had in the past?

    how about addressing raising kids in hip hop/gansta cultures with no parental involvement and complete disregard for education?

    how ridiculous.


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