Taking steps against violence

By Maxine Wheelan

Contributing Writer

The citizens of Midwest City along with many first responders took to the streets for a March Against Violence on July 28.  They met in the Mid-America Park located at the corner of Shadybrook and Cambridge Street just north of NE 10th St. 6 p.m.  Televison news stations were present interviewing Midwest City’s Ward 5 Council Member, Christine Allen, as well as Midwest City’s Mayor, Matt Dukes.

Councilwoman Christine Allen joins residents and police and firefighters during a march against violence last Thursday evening near Mid-America Park in Midwest City. (Photo by Maxine Wheelman)

Councilwoman Christine Allen joins residents and police and firefighters during a march against violence last Thursday
evening near Mid-America Park in Midwest City. (Photo by Maxine Wheelman)

A Police car led the March with Christine Allen, Milton Combs, Jr. President/CEO of People Foundation, Inc., City Manager Guy Henson, Police Chief Brandon Clabes and Fire Chief Bert Norton following the Police Car.  In the walk was also an Ambulance from Alliance Hospital, a fire truck and a lot of police vehicles.

The March traveled on Shadybrook to NE 10th Street and after a short distance entered back into the neighborhood, where many residents were standing in their yards and in the street to see what was going on.  Several joined in the walk. Council Member, Christine was in a lot of yards visiting with the neighbors and explaining the walk was to put an end to violence and to develop good relationships with each other.

Mr. Garland Pruitt with the Oklahoma City Branch of the NAACP, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People was also present and joined in the walk. He represents the surrounding area of approximately 50 miles.

The WALK ended back at the park where there was watermelon and water for everyone after Mr. Combs led the group in a short prayer of thanks.

For more information on how to prevent violence contact E.V.E. @WWW.EVEOKC.ORG or call (405) 537-4955 or (405) 821-4180.

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