Peace Rallies Held In North Omaha
Organizations gather at 10 intersections to encourage peace in the communityPhoto: Video by kmtv.com
CREATED May. 24, 2013
Omaha, NE -- On Friday night, there was a lot of racket from every corner of North Omaha.
People were creating noise to bring about harmony.
Various community organizations occupied 10 street corners. They were sending a message that they won't tolerate violence as summer unofficially begins.
"The noise today is great because that means people truly feel what we feel," said Jami Anders-Kemp, the director of Omaha 360. "They want violence gone. They want gun violence down. They want peace in their community. They want a spot where their kids can grow up and play outside, where they can sit on their porches in the evening and not worry about random gunfire."
There were 10 street corners in North Omaha where rallies took place.
"We are about peace," said Mike Watkins, the communications manager for the Omaha Home for Boys. "We are about safety, and we are about living together as a people."
On Friday night, there were symbols of peace, messages of hope and the sound of transformation.
"I love hearing all the honks because that means we are not alone in our efforts, and the community is really behind us," said Anders-Kemp.
Harmony Week continues Saturday with another peace rally and family event at Fontenelle Park at 12 p.m.