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Local Sorority to bring awareness to gang violence

Empowerment walk designed to raise awareness on gang violence and connect communities

March 4th, 2009

BACKGROUND: Gang violence is on the rise in Charlotte. Recent Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police statistics show there are 151 documented gangs in the area with nearly 2,000 members collectively. Additionally, a 2008 Gang Survey conducted by Marketwise, an independent market research firm, notes that more than a third of students surveyed believe there is gang activity in their neighborhood.  That is why Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. has partnered with Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department's (CMPD) Gang of One Program.  "We are committed to this community and making it safe for all citizens," said President Antoinette Cody. "More than that, we are committed to the children of this community.  We want them to know that violence is not an option and there are people and programs in the community to help them become productive citizens."

WHAT:

Gang Awareness Walk
– The walk will feature a presentation by the Gang of One, a program of the CMPD's Gang Intelligence Unit.  Following the presentation, community representatives will walk the Hidden Valley community.  CMPD officers will serve as escorts for the empowerment walk.  Target audience is middle school and high school students and community members committed to ending gang violence. 

WHO:

Charlotte Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.;
Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation and CMPD's Gang of One Program

WHEN:

Saturday, March 7, 2009

10 a.m. – Presentation Kick-off
 Empowerment Walk immediately following presentations

WHERE:

Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreation Center

500 Bilmark Avenue
Charlotte, NC 28213
http://www.charlottedst.org/history.htm

 

CONTACT:

Antoinette Cody
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
deltas@dstcharlotte.org 

Issac Applewhite
Meck. County Park and Rec.
704.353.0254
Rev. Frances Cook
Gang of One
704.336.7331




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