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Community organization wants to make a difference in Cordele

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A community organization geared towards making a difference in Cordele is speaking out on the changes they want to see in their city.

Sixty-seven year old Archie Green has lived in Cordele his entire life and is concerned about his city.

" Well it's rough right now. A lot of people don't have jobs," said Archie Green, Resident.

Rev. Isaac Owens hopes to change that. He's a founding member of My Brother's Keeper, My Sister's Keeper Cordele. A community organization of more than 200 members dedicated to improving the city of Cordele.

" We can't let anybody come in to fix us. We have to fix ourselves," said Rev. Isaac H. Owens, Founder.

The organization started in October after 70-year-old Eugene Denard, who owned the Exchange Mart, was severely beaten and robbed and left for dead in a ditch.

“That was a push to see if this continues to happen what are we saying about our community,” continued Rev. Owens.

The organization conducted surveys at a town hall meeting in January allowing citizens to express their concerns.

“Of course one of the biggest issues was crime. Everybody had a problem with crime. Everybody felt we needed to do something with crime."

The organization is also focused on lowering the poverty rate and bringing jobs to the area, and holding city officials accountable for their actions.

"Our leadership needs to see that we are interested and that we are concerned about what's going on."

Green said he supports the organization and wants to see the younger generation get involved.

" I think Rev. Isaac is trying to do something, but they gotta get a lot of them young kids involved,” said Archie Green.

"By no means do we think that our community is perfect but it's not all bad either. We want to do whatever we can to make it the best community to make it better,” said Rev. Owens.

My Sister's Keeper will sponsor a Women's Empowerment Brunch on March 28th. The next town hall meeting is April 4th at the Allen Temple A.M.E. Church.

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