South Mississippians stand against violence with community walk

South Mississippians stand against violence with community walk
They held a walk for peace in Moss Point Saturday and dozens of folks made an appearance. (Photo source: WLOX)
They held a walk for peace in Moss Point Saturday and dozens of folks made an appearance. (Photo source: WLOX)

MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX) - Some South Mississippians are taking a bold stand against violence in their communities and around the world. They held a walk for peace in Moss Point Saturday and dozens of folks made an appearance.

They said they're fed up with the drugs, violence and crime infesting the United States, as well as Moss Point.

"My city is very important to me, and I want my city to be safe," said Moss Point resident Pamela Dubose.

Moss Point resident and event organizer Ashelia McCorvey agrees the violence in America and at home needs to stop.

"We had a lot of shootings. A lot of black on black crime. A lot of the racism. Just crime period that has been going on. So, we are trying to put a stop to all of this that is going on in the community," said McCorvey.

The group of concerned citizens took steps toward taking back their neighborhoods from the bad guys.

"The walk, it is a group of people taking a stand against the violence. It is a group of people who are saying there is so much more we can do to be a positive community. We believe there are positive people here," said Dubose.

"Somebody got to make a change. Somebody got to step up and say it is time for change," said McCorvey.

These South Mississippians understand they share the responsibility in helping improve where they live, work and play. That's why they are encouraging more communities to start new neighborhood watch programs.

"We use to have people breaking into vehicles, and we need people on watch to make sure that nothing like that happens. The police, they have their job. But they can't be on watch 24 hours a day. We, as people, need to help out the police. We are not the police, but we need to help them get everything in order," said Moss Point resident Courtney Castillo.

Organizers said this is the second year this walk has been held in Moss Point to promote non-violence.

They would like see more youth get involved in sprucing up their communities, and working to keep the place they live safe.

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