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IN CLEVELAND: 6th Youth Led March Against Violence event

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On Saturday, June 7, the 6th Youth Led March Against Violence began at the Glenville Elk Lodge located at 1073 East 79th Street and continued through the streets of Cleveland from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.

The purpose of the march is to demonstrate to the community that young people are weary of the violence which plagues their neighborhoods.

Although there is no shortage of community rallies organized to highlight the ongoing ferocious activities of the inner city, today the voice of the youth cries out that they want safe neighborhoods.

The group was made up of people of all ages but was led by the youngest voices who were pleading for peace.

Attending funerals for peers lost to gun violence is a grim reality that has become commonplace for many Cleveland teens.

The goal of the children and teens participating in the march is to show their desire to live in peace and feel safe.

Organizers say that this is one more call to stop the violence and bring back love, tolerance, neighborliness, friendliness, patience and courtesy.  

The powerful message was coming from the smallest activists. 

The youth-led march was organized by the lodge is an annual event held to bring awareness to young lives claimed by violence and the lives that will never be the same because of it.

19 Action News reporter Shanice Dunning had the opportunity to speak to an 8-year-old who never got the chance to meet his father, who was gunned down before he was born.

Now he and his grandmother walk in father’s honor.

“He just was on the street,” says the 8-year-old.

Over 1,400 children and young adults have been killed in Cuyahoga County since 1990.

Cleveland Councilman TJ Dow says that he sees a pattern.

“It’s a vicious cycle. The same kids that you see in children family services are the same parents that are in the felony system,” says Dow.

That vicious cycle is the exact reason why the event was aimed at the youth.

Organizers hope that by spreading this message through young people it will make a real impact.

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