Urban League taking steps to put end to violent crime in Louisville
The Urban League is taking "steps" to end violent crimes in Louisville.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Urban League is taking "steps" to end violent crimes in Louisville.
On the heels of 81 murders in Louisville this year, the group is organizing a "walk to work for change." But this isn't just a simple march -- it's a movement.
"They're not statistics or numbers, they're someone's sons, someone's father someone's daughter," said Louisville Urban League President Sadiqa Reynolds.
Outside her office on Broadway is a small patch of grass filled with little figures, one for each of the souls lost to violence in our city this year.
"We have a problem with drugs in our community, we have a problem with lack of education, we have a problem with a lack of jobs and opportunities," Reynolds said.
The Urban League president believes those problems have fueled much of the violence that has led to the city's highest murder rate in decades.
So this weekend the group will walk through the West End to honor the victims and give hope to the living.
"We will be calling the names of each individual killed," Reynolds said. "After the walk, we're gonna have job opportunities."
Counselors will be on hand to take intake forms to help place participants in jobs across the city.
"To just focus on violence is not enough," Reynolds said. "What is the root cause? And if you search far enough it's jobs and education."
Reynolds hopes the walk will help stem the tidal wave of violence in Louisville.
"This is not a cure-all, it's not the answer, but it is one way that we might come together," Reynolds said.
Walkers will meet outside the offices of the Urban League at 16th and Broadway Sunday afternoon at 3:30. Everyone in the community is invited to take part.
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