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.
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:
- URGE THE GOVERNOR AND STATE LEGISLATORS TO DECLARE VIOLENCE A PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS
- URGE STATE LEGISLATORS TO HOLD PUBLIC HEARINGS ON VIOLENCE IN ALL DISTRICTS
- 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.