BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Hundreds of people, of all different ages gathered to Lafayette Square Sunday for an anti-violence rally.
The shooting of a 16-year-old teen in Buffalo has renewed a push to get young people to stop using violence against each other.
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A new group called The Street Council, has formed to help turn things around, and Sunday's rally was their very first one. They are focusing on stopping violence in the city of Buffalo.
The group is made up of members, both men and women, who say they can relate, resolve and remind the youth of the city with the penalties involved in making these wrong decisions.
Organizer of The Street Council Quadir Lateef said he wanted to form the group because of the mass violence in the community. He said, "We wanted to focus on crisis prevention instead of giving the crisis attention. We want to try to tap into the youth, into the people, to the streets, that's why we call it Streets Council."
The main focus of today's rally is to find peace by teaching the youth that violence is not the answer, and that they shouldn't have to walk the streets afraid.
When asked how the group will reach out to those who are at risk, Lateef said it's important to be the examples as members of the organization. He additionally said The Streets Council will tap into other prevention organizations including Peacemaker and Fight the Power, to show others how they take steps in preventing violence.
The group hopes this is the first of many more rallies to come.
Lateef said he was very happy with the outcome of the rally. "We have to not just focus on white or black in our community, we focus on right and wrong-that's the key," the organizer said.
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