'Stop the Violence and Live' rally to be held in Baton Rouge

'Stop the Violence and Live' rally to be held in Baton Rouge
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POSTED: Saturday, May 25, 2013 - 4:00pm

UPDATED: Saturday, May 25, 2013 - 4:04pm

On Sunday, May 26, the Baton Rouge Funeral Directors & Morticians Association will host a Hearse Motorcade and “Stop the Violence and Live” rally to bring community and stakeholders’ attention to the violence that has resulted in an increased number in teen and young adult deaths in Baton Rouge. 

The motorcade will begin at 2:00 p.m. in North Baton Rouge at Mount Pilgrim Baptist Church, located at 9700 Scenic Highway, and end in South Baton Rouge at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church located at 185 Eddie Robinson, Sr. Drive.

The “Stop the Violence and Live” rally will begin upon the motorcade’s arrival at Shiloh around 3:15 p.m. Free jambalaya and refreshments, a summer job fair, HIV screenings, and a voter registration drive will be included in rally activities.

WIA Youth Services for the Baton Rouge area, will feature opportunities for teens and young adults, who have dropped out of school and who are deficient in work skills and occupational skills.

“We are partnering with the Baton Rouge Funeral Directors & Morticians Association, 100 Black Men, and Metro Health to take a stand against the violent acts that are prematurely ending the lives of our young people. The rally will provide opportunities to connect young people with employment, civic engagement, health awareness, and voter participation activities to promote a more meaningful way of life,” according to Veronica Freeman of Working Interfaith Network, a PICO Louisiana organization.

Similar hearse motorcades and rallies are being held throughout Louisiana in communities such as Shreveport, Donaldsonville and in New Orleans.

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