LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The increase in violence in the Metro has city leaders concerned. Because so few of these murders seem to be truly random, it may be easy for some to think they happen somewhere else, to someone other than them.
Leaders in our city say the violence that has hit our community is something we should all care about. It's not a race issue, it's not an issue specific to one part of the city, it's a people issue.
"Most people don't care until it hits their community," said Minister Jerald Muhammad. "We have to have compassion for our fellow human being."
Whether the violence is erupting in the west end or the east end, it's an issue Minister Muhammad says everyone should care about.
"When business people are in from out of town, our mayor is making an effort to grow Louisville into an international city," said Muhammad. "When employers and people are relocating to Louisville and all they see is violence, this makes them not want to come here."
"Many people think of 9th Street as the Berlin Wall in our city, people won't cross it in either direction," said Terry Taylor from Interfaith Paths to Peace.
Taylor is a community leader with Interfaith Paths to peace and Compassion is something he carries with him.
"Most people don't realize that the word compassion really means to suffer with and the very first thing you have to do is get in touch with the pain people are feeling," said Taylor.
Taylor said the key is targeting our youth who have turned to guns to resolve issues. The days of talking things out are now unfortunately a thing of the past. His organization, made up of different faiths and races, is working with community Activist Christopher 2X to reach youth in the West End.
"Programs that help young people find non violent ways to deal with their anger and frustration, those kinds of things are going to help us," said Taylor.
Because there is no magic wand to make the violence stop, councilwoman Attica Scott said people have to be proactive.
"You've gotta step, you've gotta be involved, you've gotta take back your neighborhoods," said Scott.
Scott said the efforts in her district, like the public safety walks with LMPD and block watch captains and members are helping.
"When we do that, what we have found is that there hasn't been any more violent criminal activity in that area that we've walked for months after that, because we've got more neighbors people paying attention folks knowing they can call the lieutenant, major or officer for the area that represents them," said Scott.
Muhammad is also organizing a Stop the Killing rally at 7p.m. on Monday, July 29 at 35th Street and Broadway.
Tuesday, April 20 2010 11:21 PM EDT2010-04-21 03:21:00 GMT
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