Baltimore cease fire movement heating up weeks before event

Posted at 10:20 PM, Jul 19, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-20 07:01:03-04

Baltimore City residents are fed up with the violence in the city. To combat it, they've banded together for the Baltimore cease fire.

Instead of killing, leaders are asking people to come together for positive, community building activities the first weekend of August.

"We want to come together as a community to make a conscious decision to not bring harm to one another," said organizer, Ellen Gee.

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This effort started back in May. Right now, organizers want as many people as possible to participate in the cease fire in order to raise awareness and stop the killing.

"It would be wonderful if we could live in a city sans violence with no violence no murder, no harm," Gee said.

It's a dream many who live in the city are hoping for. Young and old, the violence continues to affect everyone.

Gee said, "Our city is being overshadowed by a lot of things that are causing people to harm one another and those aren't natural parts of Baltimore City."

To date, there's been 191 homicides in the city. The cease fire which is all over social media, hopes to open some eyes.

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"There are a lot of systematic reasons why there's so much violence in Baltimore there's not just one reason why it happens and all of us are impacted by it," said Erricka Bridgeford.

And with that impact, comes the need for understanding and communication.

"Let's celebrate life on purpose, lets come together to build resources with each other and find out what do you need that will help you stay out of situations where you would even get involved in violence."

Organizers are working to raise funds for operations and offerings for those family who are victims of violence

"We are in conversations with the state's attorney's office specifically the family bereavement center can get us in contact directly with those families and we'll be able to give them the money," Bridgeford said.

The cease fire is August 4-6.

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