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.