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Dozens march for peace in annual walk on far east side of Indianapolis

Posted at 7:30 PM, Aug 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-15 19:30:27-04

INDIANAPOLIS — Dozens of people attended an annual peace walk Saturday on the far east side of Indianapolis.

The walk this year shifted its focus towards the surge in crime since the pandemic started.

City-County Councilor La Keisha Jackson, District 14, led the march starting on Post Road.

"See something, say something, save someone's life," Jackson said. "There are people senselessly killing people and they think it is ok, but until they lose a loved one."

Jackson says the coronavirus pandemic and recent surge in crime are causing pain in the city.

"The pandemic has increased gun violence because when you start with no resources, it causes people to find new ways to commit crime, to become agitated, and the mental health crisis has increased," Jackson said.

She is also raising awareness and letting people in the community know about the resources available to help people in need.

"Pathway resource center has a 100,000 grant from United Way and that's available right now, pathwayindy.org," Jackson said. "We are going to do some door-knocking during this peace walk so people know about these services like rental assistance. As you know the moratorium was lifted Friday."

If we all work together, Jackson said we can all be apart of finding a solution.

"I'm going to continue to advocate and fight until there's change, until we reduce this gun violence, I will continue to fight," Jackson said.

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