FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 12, 2018
The Kansas City, Missouri Health Department’s Aim4Peace program will join community partners for the “March and Rally for Peace” event on Friday, April 13, from 5:30 to 8 p.m., to call for an end to violence and trauma in the City.
The mile-and-a-half march starts at Victorious Life Church on 34th and Paseo and will end at Morning Star Baptist Church on 27th and Prospect. The community rally will begin at 7 p.m. with a keynote address by Congressman Emmanuel Cleaver II. The march comes a week after the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination. Participants will demonstrate peace in the face of violence and share a message of health and hope.
“We are marching because we have a stake in our community in mobilizing residents, community leaders, schools, faith-based organizations, and other partners for a common goal of violence prevention,” says Nephateri Hill, Community Engagement Manager for Aim4Peace. “Violence is a public health issue. Much like an infectious disease, like the flu or cholera, violence spreads from a patient ‘zero’ to others in the community. We are showing that we have a cure, which is interrupting violence at its earliest stages — an evidence-based approach that has proven effectiveness.”
In 2017, there were 150 homicides in Kansas City. Aim4Peace’s public health model starts with recruiting staff from epicenters of violence throughout the City and then training them on non-violent strategies for disrupting retaliatory violence. Additionally, Aim4Peace also works to cure violence through public education campaigns, Neighborhood Action Teams and community mobilization opportunities, such as the “March and Rally for Peace” event.
Media questions should be directed to Micah Chrisman, Public Information Officer, at 816-719-3610.