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Anti-violence group hosts march in Albany
ALBANY -- In a community ravaged by violence, hundreds made their voices heard. SNUG, or guns spelled backwards, hosted a March to end violence.
"The crime rate, the violence it's spreading. It's an epidemic, it's killing. So our mission is to say 'hey stop shooting and start living. Choose life not death, put down the gun and pick up a book'," says organizer Clarence Jackson.
The March started on the corner of Henry Johnson and Clinton Avenue Saturday morning. Last year, there were 35 shootings in the West Hill neighborhood, and SNUG tells us that the violence is still on the rise.
"We have to become credible messengers and get more involved and reach our targeted population which is the highest risk which are the communities with the lack of income, violence, poor health, and education. We use a public education approach so I am happy and honored that we're about to walk and make noise in a positive way," says Jackson.
Of those who came to the rally, Roslyn Stevens and her daughter Joyell. They are the mother and sister od Richard Gibbs, who was gunned down and murdered on November 29, 2011. Now, they're marching in his memory.
"I know he's up there smiling down on us trying to bring an end to this and try to bring awareness and open peoples eyes to what's going on in the community," says his mother Roslyn.
The march ended at Washington Park in Albany.