Anti-violence march and rally to be held at Spalding Heights

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The second annual One Village, One Sound anti-violence march and rally will be held in Spalding Heights on Aug. 20.

Lisa Fambro, one of the rally organizers, said she will be meeting with the Griffin Police Department and Spalding County Sheriff’s Office to map out the route for the march. The event is planned for 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, with hot dogs served. The Sheriff’s Office will be there with the Sno-Cone machine.


She is looking for other information booths, like last year, including from Southern Crescent Technical College, as well as speakers and performers. She also apologized to those who did come out, for the low turnout at the planning meeting, with only five there when it started, and 10 by the time it ended.


“People scream and fuss, say they want change,” Fambro said, “but won’t come out to these meetings and help make a change. In order to make a change, we have to come together as one — one village, one sound.”


Everyone is invited to the rally, she said, “eastside, westside, northside, southside, we’re all in one community. We need to come together as one. That’s the reason we started this. It’s going to go all through Spalding County. You are part of this whole thing.”


Community meetings are free, Fambro said, “so people can voice opinions, so I can take it out to those who can do something. I can’t argue with you if you won’t come out of the door. People need to get off the it’s-not-my-concern page.”


She read from a poem about the Black Lives Matter movement. “Black lives matter, but shouldn’t all lives matter? All lives reside in matter … shade don’t matter, we’re all made from the same batter. We are all life, one universal life.”


She has teamed up with the Archway project as well, which has some of the same goals of unifying and bettering the community. The city and county commissions, as well as the school board and Chamber of Commerce have partnered on the Archway program, which utilizes the resources of the University of Georgia to help communities address and resolve issues.


Fambro also challenged all the leaders of Spalding County “to get out of their sandbox, put the pacifier down and see what’s going on outside your sandbox.”


Those leaders included pastors, who she challenged to “come out from behind the pulpit from time to time. Go in the community, go from door-to-door and talk to the people.”


She challenged the city and county commissioners to go out in the community and knock on the doors, and not just during election time.


“Half of the people don’t know who represents them until it’s election time,” she said. “After election time all you see is the back of their head. They need to come out and walk in the community, knock on the door, (and say), ‘Hi, my name is … I’m the representative of your area. I’m the mayor of Griffin.”


She asked the department heads to do the same thing.


Denise Sierra proposed the peace walk and rally to take the neighborhood back from the gang violence last year. Her son was killed in 2013, shot in the head after walking away from a fight.


Ray Lightner
Griffin News