PATERSON, NJ - The Elizabeth-based United Youth Council will take its 18-city New Jersey "Tour For Peace" to Paterson on Mon., July 30 at 6 pm

The event will begin outside City Hall, said Paterson City Council President Anthony Davis. The group also is scheduled to march in Passaic at 7 pm on Monday.

Other cities where marches have been held include Irvington, Newark, Jersey City, New Brunswick and Asbury Park.

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The group dedicated the tour to the 12 people killed and dozens injured by James Holmes 
at a Colorado movie theater.

"The Colorado shooting madness clearly show how our young are sick with this culture of violence. We as a society and a community must come to the realization that these remorseless acts of aggression and obscure behavior need not be allowed to become a way of death," said Salaam Ismial Director National United Youth Council Inc.

  The group describes the goals of the tour on its website:

 

  1. URGE THE GOVERNOR AND STATE LEGISLATORS TO DECLARE VIOLENCE A PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS
  2. URGE STATE LEGISLATORS TO HOLD PUBLIC HEARINGS ON VIOLENCE IN ALL DISTRICTS
  3. ESTABLISH A STATE COMMISSION TO : STUDY THE VIOLENCE TREND, IT’S SOURCE, AND ITS IMPACT ON THE COMMUNITY. AND TO DEVELOP A COMPREHENSIVE METHOD TO ADDRESS THIS EPIDEMIC.