Anti-violence rally this weekend in Lakeland - FOX 13 News

Anti-violence rally this weekend in Lakeland

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It is going to be a big weekend for folks in Lakeland who are incensed over gang violence. They will have a chance to "walk the walk" this Saturday.

Starting at Seventh Street Park, they will fan out, walking door-to-door giving away food baskets and gifts in an area considered to be a hotspot of gang activity.

Teams of people will also mow grass, and clean up yards.

"We have two tree companies coming down offering to cut some of the (dangerous branches) for free," Mike Cooper, executive director of the Dream Center, told FOX 13.

Organizers hope the effort will encourage trust between residents and outsiders.

The event will also give people an opportunity to sign up to become a mentor. The city is seeking out people of color in particular.

"I think it is important for young black boys and young black girls to have black men and black women who can talk to them," said Lakeland City Commissioner Philip Walker.

The event starts at 8:30 a.m.


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