PATERSON, NJ- On March 24th more than 200 Paterson residents and community leaders gathered for a march against gun violence. Organized by CeaseFire Paterson, the march coincided with hundreds of others that took that day amid calls for legislative action on gun control following the February 14 school shooting in Parkland, FL. that claimed 17 lives.

Children must be protected at home and in school," Third Councilman William "Bill" McKoy said as the march from Cobb Park to the Paterson Public Library paused for a few moments for a prayer just prior to reaching its final destination. When it comes to gun deaths, we can tolerate "no more" he said before urging that federal lawmakers must act to ban assault weapons immediately.

On that day Sylvia Farrar of CeaseFire Paterson told TAPinto Paterson that their mission was to “help young people solve their difference through communication.”

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Lamenting that gun violence has taken the place of fist fighting, Farrar continued that “we should have differences, we are one community, once tribe, one city.”

It is with this mission in mind that CeaseFire Paterson will hold their 12th annual dinner dance and awards ceremony at the Bethwood in Totowa on Saturday, June 16. The event, featuring special guests Colonel Patrick Callahan of the New Jersey State Police and New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal will begin at 7:00. Tickets cost just $65.