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Rainbow PUSH Michigan urges the nation to join the Crusade for America

DETROIT — As violence continues to take the lives of many across the nation, Rev. D. Alexander Bullock and Rainbow PUSH Michigan remind citizens to meet in Detroit Aug. 25 for the Crusade for America Parent and Youth March.

“The concern for public safety is growing at a rapacious rate,” Bullock said. “In the last week, 7-year-old Heaven Sutton was killed by a stray bullet in Chicago while selling lemonade and 19-year-old Anthony Whaley was ambushed after pumping gas at a local Detroit gas station.”

Whaley’s story is only one of several gas station and other shootings that have taken the lives of Detroit youth in the past week.

“The loss of human life is a tragedy. Many victims of violence fade away into oblivion because they are young, poor and minority,” Bullock says. “We seek to intentionally change the culture of violence and create a urban peace movement. Arms are not the answer.”

Bullock says it’s up to citizens to revive the ban on assault weapons, implement tighter penalties on straw purchase sellers and resurrect the war on poverty and unemployment in this country.

In the first six months of 2012, more than 250 murders have been reported in Chicago. Although Detroit Police Chief Ralph Godbee reported that violent crime in the city was down, there have been over 100 murders the first half of 2012. President Barack Obama last month addressed the 40 percent crime increase in the nation’s capital.

The Crusade for America Parent and Youth March will take place Aug. 25 at noon. The march will start at McGregor Library in Highland Park and will end just north of Eight Mile Road in Ferndale. This national march will focus on emergency reinvestment, economic recovery in urban America, the expansion of employment, educational opportunities for youth and returning citizens, the protection of our voting rights, reviving the ban on assault weapons, zero tolerance school expulsion and truancy policies, and the racial divide in America. The march will feature peace and justice workshops, music, art, direct action training and a job fair. Much more than a march, Crusade for America is a movement

For more information, visit www.crusadeforamerica.tumblr.com

Partners in the crusade

- Southeast Michigan Jobs with Justice

- The Michigan Citizen

- Greenation

- SVMixMedia

- Greater St. Matthew Baptist Chuch

- Mason Radio

- My Brothers Keeper Inc.

- Highland Park NAACP

- SCREAM Youth Empowerment Ministries

- The Moon Ministry

- Bethel Temple Baptist Church

- PaleoRadio

- ROJS Radio

- WDRJ AM 1440

- Black Women’s Democratic Caucus of Muskegon, Mich

- Voices Not Heard

- TBANN

- First Shift with Tony Trupiano

- Global Grind

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