ALBANY, Ga. (WALB) - A local organization is aiming to unite the community to help stop gun violence in the Good Life City.
This comes after recent crimes in Albany.
“Just recently, we’ve been affected closely by gun violence with kids we deal with or have dealt with over the years and the families. So when Cliff came up with the idea, it was right on time,” said Daniel Cruz, the President of South Georgia Pop Warner.
They’re a youth football program. They also help mentor and raise better young men and women and help make the community better.
Recently, Cruz and Clifford Johnson decided to organize an anti-gun violence rally so the community can come together for change and purpose.
Families of gun violence victims will also be there.
“Well, we think it’s important that the community hears their voices. How families are affected by gun violence from their perspective. I think a lot of time, we never really give them the opportunity to speak out and say how they’ve been affected by it,” said Johnson.
Cruz and Johnson encourage the community to come together and do what they can to help solve the problem.
“Let’s be completely clear, wherever you go, there’s going to be crime. But we’re saying we are going to do something about it. That’s partly what Unity in the Community is about. We’re going to pick up whatever cause there is, unite the community and apply pressure to those to make a change. Those that are in position to make a change. And that’s what we are here for. Today is gun violence, tomorrow may be educational reform,” said Johnson.
The rally kicks off in front of the Albany courthouse on Saturday at noon.