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Leaders To Hold Rally Sunday in Wake of Recent Gang Violence

The event is scheduled for 3 p.m. near All Saints Episcopal Church and is a response to recent gang violence in Pasadena and Altadena.

At 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 30, Pasadena police, city officials and clergy will hold a news conference, at the beginning of an impromptu rally at that time "to show peace, unity, and strength against the recent shootings and violence in Pasadena" and Altadena. 

Altadena Sheriff's Station Captain John Benedict is among the speakers scheduled.

In recent weeks, various shootings have occurred in Altadena and Pasadena and culminated Christmas Day with the Pasadena shooting death of Victor McClinton, a long-time youth sports leader and community activist.

Church leaders say they expect hundreds to attend the Sunday event. The rally will be held between City Hall and All Saints Episcopal Church at 132 N. Euclid Ave.

Do you plan to attend the rally? What do you think of the recent string of shootings in the area?

Monica Hubbard December 30, 2012 at 05:03 AM
Additional participants in tomorrow's 3 p.m. press conference include: The Reverend Ed Bacon, Rector of All Saints Church; Pastor Jean Burch, Community Bible Church on N Lincoln Ave; Pastor and Altadena resident Kerwin Manning, Pasadena Church, on Washington Blvd; Chief Phillip Sanchez, Pasadena Police Department; Ricky Pickens, Flintridge Center; Altadena resident William Syms and Porfirio Frausto, community leaders. More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/151606138321285/
Gaurav Malhotra December 30, 2012 at 12:16 PM
This rally business is all well and good but it does not prevent gang violence neither does it do anything to help at risk youth from joining gangs. The question is are they just going to talk or actually do something?
Monica Hubbard December 30, 2012 at 03:20 PM
Gaurav, all of the people referenced in the article above have been doing *much* more than talking, some of them for decades. There are many ways that you and all the rest of us can help. They cannot do it alone. You served on our Town Council for awhile so are probably aware of the youth programs supported by our Altadena Sheriffs. There are many ways community members can be involved in the growing "Communities in Schools" movement at Eliot Middle School and Altadena's elementary schools. Consider coming on down this afternoon and talking to some of the leaders after the press conference. I know they would welcome your interest in helping.
Reiu K December 31, 2012 at 02:04 PM
12-31-12 la times has an article on this event.

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