MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - On Saturday, some Mobilians participated in a peaceful demonstration to promote unity in the city. "Peace on the Streets" is in its fifth year and organizers say this year's turnout was one of the best they've had yet.
Members from the Track Riders of Mobile set up at the Greater Macedonia Baptist Church Saturday, July 13, in preparation for a parade of sorts.
"[We're] trying to curtail some of the violence going on in the city. We are trying to reach some of the young folks. And if we can reach some of them, we've done a pretty good job," said secretary Andrew Jackson.
President of the Track Riders, Reginald Haston was pleased with the response from the community.
"We've had good response so far. We have good turn out. Some of the churches get involved and we get a lot of response from the community as far as donations and people coming out and supporting the children," said Haston.
After a motorcade through the streets, the riders arrived at Langan Municipal Park where festivities began. Food, games and even a little music was entertaining to the crowd.
Amongst the crowd were City Councilwoman Gina Gregory and Mobile Mayor Sam Jones.
"It got started to eliminate violence in the community. We had been seeing a lot of unnecessary violence within communities mostly by friends who get into arguments really about medial things and it escalates to a point where someone gets hurt," said Mayor Jones.
Mayor Jones said the George Zimmerman trial was a perfect example of something that got out of hand too quickly, something he hopes to never see for his city.
"That's a clear example of something that escalated to a point where someone wound up getting killed. In my judgment it could have been something handled another way and that's what we're trying to promote here trying to make sure that type of thing doesn't happen in Mobile," said Mayor Jones.
For more information on how to get involved next year, contact the City of Mobile's Strategic Planning Office at (251) 208-1936
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