Americus citizens work to stop violence in the community - WALB.com, South Georgia News, Weather, Sports

Americus citizens work to stop violence in the community

Roger "Jack Daddy" Jackson. Roger "Jack Daddy" Jackson.
Laura Edwards Laura Edwards
AMERICUS, GA (WALB) -

A group of concerned citizens in Americus are coming together to put an end towards violent crimes in their community.

Committee members of S.A.V.E are putting the final touches on their action rally for this weekend. The goal is to save their community and their youth.

These members of different races and genders with pen and paper in hand are banding together to take their community back.

" We all grew up in Americus and growing up we didn't have to lock our doors and I just got tired of hearing about all of the violence that was going on," said Laura Edwards, S.A.V.E Founder.

" We in a small town, so we should not have all of the violence that we have in this town. People should come to this town and have fun," said Roger "Jack Daddy" Jackson, Vice President.

S.A.V.E stands for "Standing Against Violent Environments." The committee formed after a rash of violent crimes this year.

" The racial tension that came from all of the murders and killings there was a big divide in the community and I feel that since this has come about or come together it's bringing us together as a community, " said Laura Edwards.

Vice President Roger "Jack Daddy" Jackson is hoping to make an impact on kids. Jackson says he's turned his life around after spending 11 years behind bars.

" I was a drug dealer, pretty big in this town and a lot of people looked up to me, but they looked up to me for the wrong reasons," said Roger "Jack Daddy" Jackson.

And he's encouraging youth to take a different path in life.

"I want kids to do the right thing. I don't want no one to go to jail and be away from their families. I don't want anybody to get killed. I don't want no one to kill anyone," said Roger Jackson.

The rally will include guest speakers, a question and answer panel, and activities for the youth. Members made these S.A.V.E t-shirts and wrist bands and say the support from the community has been overwhelming.

“We can't do this alone. We need everyone's support and united we stand," said Laura Edwards.

Americus Native and former NFL player Otis Leverette is the keynote speaker. The S.A.V.E action rally will take place at Staley Middle School on Saturday at 6 p.m.

Copyright 2015 WALB. All rights reserved.

  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • Juneteenth celebrates emancipated slaves from 1865

    Juneteenth celebrates emancipated slaves from 1865

    Tuesday, June 19 2018 9:51 PM EDT2018-06-20 01:51:20 GMT

    Tuesday marks the day of the emancipation of the remaining enslaved African Americans, also known as Juneteenth. 

    More >>

    Tuesday marks the day of the emancipation of the remaining enslaved African Americans, also known as Juneteenth. 

    More >>
  • Closing Arguments next in Hopson murder trial

    Closing Arguments next in Hopson murder trial

    Tuesday, June 19 2018 9:33 PM EDT2018-06-20 01:33:18 GMT
    Matthew Roy Hopson (Source: Lee Co. Sheriff)Matthew Roy Hopson (Source: Lee Co. Sheriff)
    Matthew Roy Hopson (Source: Lee Co. Sheriff)Matthew Roy Hopson (Source: Lee Co. Sheriff)

    Closing arguments are scheduled to start at 9:30 Wednesday morning at the Lee County Courthouse, in the murder trial of a man charged with gunning down his own father. 26 year old Matthew Hopson's trial started this week, charging him with malice and felony murder and aggravated assault. 

    More >>

    Closing arguments are scheduled to start at 9:30 Wednesday morning at the Lee County Courthouse, in the murder trial of a man charged with gunning down his own father. 26 year old Matthew Hopson's trial started this week, charging him with malice and felony murder and aggravated assault. 

    More >>
  • Death investigation underway after body found in Lee County home

    Death investigation underway after body found in Lee County home

    Tuesday, June 19 2018 9:22 PM EDT2018-06-20 01:22:11 GMT
    Source: (WALB)Source: (WALB)
    Source: (WALB)Source: (WALB)

    A death investigation is underway in Lee County, after a man's body was found inside a home at Woodstone Circle.   The Lee County Sheriff's Office is investigating , but say the community should not be afraid.   

    More >>

    A death investigation is underway in Lee County, after a man's body was found inside a home at Woodstone Circle.   The Lee County Sheriff's Office is investigating , but say the community should not be afraid.   

    More >>
Powered by Frankly