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‘Stop The Violence’ event seeks to raise awareness of recent local tragedies

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Published: Jun. 17, 2022 at 1:14 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 17, 2022 at 3:39 PM CDT
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Lake Charles, LA (KPLC) - Over the last few years, we’ve seen an increase in crime and overdose deaths in Lake Charles.

The nonprofit, MyLife4YourLife, will be holding a “Stop the Violence” event amid Juneteenth celebrations to raise awareness for community issues such as the increase of violence, shootings, and drug-related deaths in Lake Charles.

Event coordinator Cleveland Jones said enough is enough.

“The event is adjacent with Father’s Day also for Juneteenth celebration. The reason Stop the Violence occurred is due to the increase of shooting and killing in Lake Charles. I reside in Dallas, Texas, but Lake Charles is still my home. I have family and kids there, and also friends and their kids, because it’s my generations kids,” Jones said.

Jones said his goal for “Stop the Violence " is to bring the community together. The event will include prayer, worship, and raising awareness with gun control discussions. Attendees will be hearing from the families who have lost someone to violence.

“What led me to that is a Bible scripture, 1st Corinthians 5:8. When it says if any does not provide for his own, especially in his home, then he’s like a denier which is worse than an unbeliever. It resonated with me. Say I contribute to my own family, my bloodline, and close friends. But what am I doing for my own as a people, as a culture,” Jones said.

The event will be held at Drew Park from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 18, 2022.

The schedule for the event is as follows:

  • Reading of scripture
  • Beginning with a praise song
  • Prayer
  • Opening introduction of the event by founder Cleveland Jones Jr.
  • Gun bill remarks by Wilford Carter Sr.
  • Voter Registration by the councilman president
  • Time for victims and families of those affected by violence to speak
  • A mental health speaker
  • Opiate/Alcohol abuse speaker by Briscoe
  • Closing remarks
  • Closing prayer
  • Ballon release for all who are grieving

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