Union City community members organize night walk Friday against youth violence

An announcement from Filipinos4Justice.org …

UNION CITY — Community and faith leaders will participate in a night walk on the west side of Union City to reach out to other community members affected by violence. The Youth Violence Prevention Coalition, the group sponsoring the Nov. 1 walk, will be joined by youth and faith groups, community representatives and advocates to demonstrate the growing community concern about youth-related violence in Union City.

The Youth Violence Prevention Coalition was formed in August 2007 when local parents, students and organizations including Congregations Organizing for Renewal, Filipino Advocates for Justice, Union City Pastor’s Alliance and city and school district staff came together after the death of Biniam Yifru to address the numerous shootings and stabbings that affected y9ung people of Union City. The coalition has engaged over 700 people and was successful in getting community support for a parcel tax that currently funds Union City’s Youth and Family Services to provide violence prevention and intervention services.

WHAT: Community Night Walk Against Violence

WHEN: 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1

WHERE: Beginning at Filipino Advocates for Justice, 3961 Horner St. (cross is Vallejo St.), Union City

INFO: www.filipinos4justice.org

Chris DeBenedetti

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