CREATED Aug. 10, 2013
Omaha, NE - It's the senseless violence that has the north Omaha community saying, enough is enough. With every step they take, the community is taking action. Through Thrive Center Omaha, hundreds of people who are angry with the city's latest rash of violence marched side by side Saturday morning.
"Small numbers won't do, large numbers will get it done," says marcher Diante Jones. He's lived in north Omaha his entire life and says change is long past due. "The whole mission is to be anti-hood, it's to be out here and take the neighborhood back," says Jones.
Their mission is simple, peace on the streets. Everyone marching is tired of burying their loved ones, so they trek three miles of pavement in north Omaha to make a statement. "It is impossible to do anything that will affect change by sitting and talking about it," yells one organizer to encourage the crowd to keep marching. "Under our feet is peace meaning as we walk, we're declaring peace!"
The area they walk once thrived with art. Anymore, it's a part of town known for violence. "We want blacks, whites, it doesn't matter, Latinos...all of us working together for a common goal," explains marcher Helene Shannon
They asked for the support of ten thousand and only a few hundred attended. Still, that's enough to give hope. The idea that change is possible will keep everyone walking towards a safer future.