Folks Catch the Spirit at Ceasefire Concert

7df7a83c3a3ae3c19297_29441cc17b4f808169c9a8b36f536772ceasefire-logo-color-380px.jpg
Ceasefire
7df7a83c3a3ae3c19297_29441cc17b4f808169c9a8b36f536772ceasefire-logo-color-380px.jpg

PATERSON, NJ - Operation Ceasefire sponsored a Gospel Concert in Montgomery Park on Lawrence Street on Sat., June 25. From noon to 4pm, the afternoon was filled with encouraging messages and an uplifting spirit.

Among the performers were “The Sounds of Zion”, a group of three male vocalists, one of its members being Jamel Capers, who attends the Christian Fellowship Center on Van Houten Street in Paterson, NJ. Other entertainers included Joshua Williams and Mietta Stancil-Farrar, who delivered outstanding performances.

Although the gathering was small, the faithful supporters who did attend expressed their enthusiasm and support through clapping and dancing. While children played in the park nearby, parents and family members joined together to witness the efforts to bring change to Paterson. Their numbers might have been small, but they came together for something they considered important, an effort to bring forth a new atmosphere of hope for their city.

Sign Up for E-News

Ceasefire is joint effort between law enforcement and community leaders. The police put a special emphasis on solving non-fatal shootings. Community leaders canvas neighborhoods to help police develop leads. They also hold Ceasefire marches and other community events, like the gospel concert. The Paterson Police Department has a special Ceasefire unit that works with representatives from the Passaic County prosecutor, sheriff and parole offices.

Paterson's Ceasefire program started in October 2006, according to Sgt. Patrick Murray, head of the unit. Along with Newark and Irvngton, it was among the first Ceasefire programs in New Jersey. Now there are 15. The program origniated in Chicago in the 1990s.
With collaborative efforts between New Jersey police departments and community representatives, Operation Ceasefire has become “ NJ’s Campaign To Stop The Next Shooting.”
 
Crime statistics highlight the need for the Ceasefire program. In cities across America,  young people are falling into destructive patterns of violence. The Center for Disease Control's Violence Prevention website says that in 2010, 84 percent of the homicide victims between ages 10-24 years were killed with a firearm. Another CDC report said that in 2008, 1,280 juveniles were arrested for murder, 3,340 for forcible rape, and 56,000 for aggravated assault.
 
The harsh reality is that minority groups are more likely to get involved in gang activities. In fact, studies show that among 10 to 24 year-olds, homicide is the leading cause of death for African-Americans and  the second leading cause of death for Hispanics.
 
These are the type of statistics that Operation Ceasefire is working to end.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Paterson

City Council Candidate to Voters: Let Your Voice Be Heard

February 20, 2018

Dear Editor:

It is very important for the citizens of Paterson to participate in local city-wide elections because elected officials can help determine the economic, educational and social well-being of entire communities. For example, two very important tasks of city council members include making laws and allocating money.

Elected officials are the gatekeepers for millions of dollars in ...

Dreams for Service Dog for Autistic Montville Resident Become Reality

February 22, 2018

MONTVILLE, NJ - Faith Stanley, a Towaco resident and a single mother of four boys, sought help for her youngest son, Joey, who is almost three years old and diagnosed with autism. Amazingly enough, Faith found the help she needed!

Due to the generosity and help of so many people, Faith has managed to reach her goal of raising ...

Paterson Hosts Statewide Event as National El Sistema Leader

February 22, 2018

PATERSON—On March 10, nearly 300 students from seven New Jersey immersive ensemble music learning programs will converge in Paterson for the 4th annual Fiddlefest and Falala Festival. A day of music making and a celebration of culture and community for both the students and their families, the festival features the Paterson-based program Paterson Music Project (PMP), in addition to the New ...

How to Talk with Kids About the Florida Shooting

February 15, 2018

The tragedy of the Florida school shooting is devastating, leaving 17 killed and 15 injured. Our children can easily identify with what occurred yesterday. It will be the topic of conversation today in schools everywhere. School administrators are doing all they can to provide support and guidance. The shootings affect children, teachers, and school personnel. The school shooting ...