LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A group of neighbors are pushing back against violence in the Louisville Metro.
The Louisville Urban League, located at 1535 West Broadway, hosted a community conversation Tuesday night, discussing strategies to reduce the violence within west Louisville and other parts of the city.
The meeting began with a poem, read and written by spoken word artist Hannah Drake.
"I don't want to see another group of black boys pouring out a little liquor for their dead homie," Drake said.
This conversation spoke about the increased violence that has continued over the past year, along with the most recent homicide of two teenage boys found on River Park Drive.
"They were missing for days and unidentified," President of Louisville Urban League Sadiqa Reynolds said. "Where was the parent who was supposed to say, my child didn't come home last night? Let's have a real conversation," she added.
The meeting became an emotional conversation, but the ultimate goal was to find a plan of action to use against every set back.
One by one, each community and faith based organization stood up to share their purpose. Groups provided contact information to become an army against the violence. The group unanimously agreed that the crime starts with lack of accountability at home.
"They (kids) see the pain, they can't understand it because we can't understand it," gun safety advocate Luther Brown said. "But, locking these guns up means a lot."
"We equip parents and empower them to become better advocates for their children," Youth Development Director of Louisville Urban League Lawrence Wilbon said.
The Louisville Urban League is a group of individuals within the community who address challenges that are hindering the city's growth and success.
"I refuse to sit here and lay down without fighting," Wilbon said.
"You are better than this, we are better than this," Drake said. "We deserve more than this and I'm tired," she added.
For more information about groups discusses at the meeting, the community is encouraged to reach out to Louisville Urban League, (502) 585-4622.