Community activists launch movement aimed at preventing violence

Community activists launch movement aimed at preventing violence
(Source: Daniel Paxton/WAVE 3 News)
(Source: Daniel Paxton/WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A push to reclaim Louisville is being led by community activists who have spoken out about the displeasing violence lingering throughout the city.

Sunday afternoon, a group gathered in Victory Park to announce the movement that it hopes will be picked up by all neighborhoods throughout the city. Community activist, Christopher 2X is helping lead "We All We Got, Hood 2 Hood," as a centralized notion to prevent violence, versus reacting to it.

2X said the group can't succeed alone and needs other community members to step up to help lead the change that is needed. Norman Barker has helped shape a plan in Victory Park that he hopes other neighborhoods will soon mirror. He said successful events have involved feeding kids, playing kickball and uniting adults and kids alike in participation activities.

You just have to think about what you're doing, said Barker. More police patrols aren't necessarily the answer our neighborhoods are needing, he added. Barker described the differences each neighborhood faces and revealed that innocent people often become victims of violence simply because of the neighborhood they live in. He said it is hard for people to look past small issues.

"I think the city is under the impression that as long as they catch the person who is committing these acts, then they're doing something, that is not it," said Barker. "You have to step in before the acts occur."

A father of a recent murder victim said he appreciates what the meaning behind the movement and everything the activists are doing on their own time.

Andrea Davis' son was murdered in Shively on Oct.r 11. Deshawndre Davis, 22, was a father of two who had attended Western High School. Saturday, the family gathered at G. C. Williams Funeral Home to memorialize his life, when Davis said his family was trampled and shots were fired. The funeral home was forced to cancel Davis' funeral visitation due to the violence. Davis said his niece was shot in the hand and taken to the hospital. He said he doesn't know the two men who were involved in the violence outside the funeral home.

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No charges have been filed and no arrests have been made in the murder of his son.

Davis said his son wasn't involved in drugs nor gangs, and his family wore blue in honor of his son's love for University of Kentucky athletics.

Christopher 2X stood besides Davis while he explained Saturday's dreadful events. 2X assured the city it has great existing programs, but the need for the city's first movement is strong. He said "We All We Got, Hood 2 Hood" is the first grassroots effort to deal with the existing problems.

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