The nee Healing Gardens in Harlem Park was one of the sites for the city-wide peace vigil, where residents were encouraged to light a candle and spread some good energy across the city.
The Peace Vigil
On Monday night, individuals from many groups came together with the same goal in mind: to stop the violence in Baltimore and strengthen our neighborhoods.
Pastor Antoine Burton said, "We know the murders will not end. We can't stop, and we won't stop even if the murders stop. Until then, we must continue to assist in changing the narrative and culture of this city.” They continued their walk that night and participated in a citywide appeal for peace. Let's Thrive Baltimore and Lisa Molock were out in force.
Let's Thrive Baltimore was established in 2016 as a small community group with the mission of assisting Baltimore children and families affected by gun violence. It started with rehabilitative programs for families and service days for youth, using CPTED-Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design to empower them to make a difference in Baltimore. This organization focuses on providing chances to teenagers and young people.
“It takes a village,” said Molock. “It's impossible for one individual to accomplish it alone. It will require everyone to band together to let the people, the small number of people in our community who are doing these murders, know that we are sick and tired of it.”
At 8:00 p.m., each organization lit a candle and urged everyone in the city to share the love.
Taylor Hayes, a young, innocent girl, was shot and murdered on this day three years ago. People who were attempting to keep her mother and so many others from experiencing that agony embraced her mother.
At Baltimore Ceasefire, Erricka Bridgeford and several of her team members provided wisdom and an endless supply of positive energy.
Baltimore Ceasefire was declared in Baltimore in May 2017 as a city-wide appeal for people to refrain from committing any murders from Friday, August 4th, through Sunday, August 6th, 2017.
It was also a city-wide appeal for Baltimore people to come together to organize and participate in what we term "life-affirming" activities during the truce. Baltimore Ceasefire is a movement that brings together organizations and individuals to support, collaborate, and exchange resources to put a stop to murder in Baltimore City.
“Doing something good at the same time,” Bridgeford said, “we know that when people do the same thing at the same time, it increases the vibrations of a place.” “Those are scientific facts; therefore, that is what we are going to accomplish tonight.”
Many of our great leaders in Baltimore have experienced the agony of loss, but their ability to generate optimism is an even greater connection.