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Forum held as push to stop violence

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A forum was held as a push for a solution to end violence in west Louisville's on Wednesday.

Minister Jerald Muhammad, of the Nation of Islam in Louisville, led the forum held at the Plymouth Community Center at 17th and Chestnut Streets.

Muhammad was at the scene of a homicide when Steve Bledsoe Jr. was found shot numerous times just after 11 p.m. on July 15 in the 3600 block of Greenwood Avenue.

Muhammad said there's a vicious cycle of young black men killing young black men because they don't have a job and they're involved in crime, "Many of our people are unemployed and they're unemployable. Meaning, they don't have resumes, they can't pass drug screenings. They don't know how to conduct a proper job interview. So that's the first step. Those who are ready to work now, we're gonna put them to work right now. But those who are not ready to work that say they're ready to work. We want to take them through a series of classes where we can get them a resume, show them how to dress for an interview and how to conduct themselves."

Muhammad said the goal is to team up with employment agencies and business owners to get jobs for those who need them.

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