UNION COUNTY, NJ - A small group of anti-violence advocates walked 13 miles from East Orange to Linden on Saturday, passing through communities that have been hard hit by violent crime chanting, “Stop the Violence” and “Black Lives Matter."

The walk route going through Newark, Irvington, and Hillside, stopped at the Elizabeth Courthouse steps then continue down Rahway Avenue, which becomes St. Georges Ave., through Roselle and on to Linden's Fourth Ward Park for a rally.

"First, we want to make people aware of the epidemic of violence in New Jersey. I am on the committee for New Jersey Study of Violence that was enacted in 2013.” said Salaam Ismial. “Our report is due in early July. We want community input and support. We targeted these towns because of the incidents of violence. We want people to express their outrage, and everyone in the community to get involved."    

Anyone interested in more information can contact Salaam Ismial and National United Youth Council at (215) 316-7952.