PATERSON, NJ - Operation Ceasefire sponsored a Gospel Concert in 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.
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.