FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Peace Comes to the Valley and Stops the Violence
It’s time to stop the violence with the 9thAnnual Peace Fest being presented by B.E.A., Inc. and Sophisticated Gents. Guest speakers will include Senator Leah Landrum-Taylor, Representative Cloves Campbell Jr., City of
These statistics are the reasons that the “Stop the Violence” Peace Fest is important and must continue: A quarter (25%) of high school boys and 12% of middle school males took a weapon to school at least once in the past year. [Josephson Institute, 2006 Report Card on the Ethics of American Youth]. In 2004, 5,292 young people ages 10 to 24 were murdered -- an average of 15 each day. Persons under the age of 25 accounted for nearly 50% of those arrested for murder and 62% of those arrested for robbery in 2005. The number of youths involved with gangs has not declined and remains near the peak levels. The average age of a gang member is 14-21 years of age. However, gang members can be as young as 8 years old to the mid 30’s. 85-95% of all domestic violence victims are female. 1,232 women are killed each year by an intimate partner. Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women. Approximately 1.3 million women and 835,000 men are physically assaulted by an intimate partner annually in the
The Peace Fest theme this year is to bring peace and unity to our community. With the series of Peace Tour/Block Parties that was done in key neighborhoods, we were able to meet with and affect these areas one neighborhood at a time. We would like the State of
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