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Louisville leaders introduce new campaign aimed at reducing violence

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - Reducing violent deaths in Louisville is the goal of a new campaign, which is focusing on what everyone can do to support the effort.

The new plan has 13 goals and 42 initiatives. It was created by 150 residents from various backgrounds.

On Tuesday, Mayor Greg Fischer announced the campaign called "One Love Louisville, Be the One."

The project's goal is to reduce violent deaths resulting from murders, suicides and drug overdoses. It's part of an action plan to create safer and healthier neighborhoods across Louisville.

The idea was sparked a couple of years ago, with the creation of a violence prevention workgroup, which was started after a triple homicide in the Parkland neighborhood.

"We're going to be looking as the mayor said for everyone to be involved, everyone to be engaged. You guys will see plenty of opportunities to take a part," said Anthony Smith, a spokesperson for the Office of Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods.

Mayor Fischer is encouraging community members to serve as mentors, hire students for the SummerWorks program or spend an hour reading to a young person.

On Saturday, from 12 - 1:30 p.m., a mentoring fair is being held at Metro Hall.

Area residents can talk with mentoring organizations and figure out the best way to become engaged.

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