Plans finalized for peace rally …

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Volunteers and Griffin Police officers will be handing out flyers Saturday for a stop the violence rally on Aug. 22, entitled One Community, One Sound.

The rally will be held from 3 to 6 p.m., Aug. 22, starting with a march through the Fairmont community, beginning and ending at Impact Racing Ministries, 223 Kentucky Ave.

Lisa Fambro of the Fairmont Community explained “One Community, One Sound,” saying, “we’re all in Spalding County, and it will take all of us get it together, to make it happen.”

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

The march, about a mile-and-a-half, will have firefighters and EMS along the route and water stations in the Moore Elementary parking lot and at the corner of 6th Street and Blanton Avenue. The route will be Kentucky Avenue to Haskell Ward Drive to Cabin Creek to 6th Street and back to Kentucky Avenue.

Following the march, there will be booths and information tents on various services available including GED, jobs training, Southern Crescent Technical College, community organizations, Scouts, blood pressure and diabetes screenings, neighborhood watch, law enforcement including the CHOICES program from the Sheriff’s Office. There will also be a DJ with live music, guest speakers and food, including hot dogs, water and shaved ice.

The information and activities will be set up on the lawn at 223 Kentucky Ave., with brief surveys for participants at some of the booths. Parking is planned for an adjacent lot and vendors are being asked to bring their own tables and to be set up by 2:45 p.m., on Aug. 22.

This Saturday, the volunteers handing out flyers are asked to arrive by 9:45 a.m., at Impact Racing Ministries and routes will be assigned. An evening of flyering is also planned as a reminder of the event on Aug. 22.

After the first event, the goal is to have similar events in other parts of the city, going from community to community.

For more information, call Lisa Fambro at 770-880-8681, Denise Sierra at 678-914-6169 or David Dodd at 770-364-7880.

 Ray Lightner
The Griffin Daily News
August 12, 2015