Group Working To Take Back Milwaukee Streets
MILWAUKEE - An effort to promote peace and positive change in Milwaukee is in the early stages, and those behind the idea hope their dreams has a lasting impact.
Saving our kids: that's just one reason why a group is meeting near 35th and Villard. They're working on ways to combat violence because they're fed up!
“You have kids that come outside and they are actually beating up younger kids that are younger than them. You have them throwing things at cars, busses and going onto busses fighting,” 20-year-old Meagan Ellis said.
They're re busy planning The Milwaukee Walk Toward Wellness, which will take place in May.
Organizers hope the walk draws at least 10,000 people. It will begin at 35th and Wisconsin and end in Sherman Park.
“I would like everyone to come and walk as a city and let the rest of the nation know we’re not going to take this anymore,” Organizer Tracey Dent said.
One Hundred Black Men of Greater Milwaukee is sponsoring the event.
Tracey is the father of 1-year-old Azaria. He says as a father he’s tired of hearing gunshots in his neighborhood.
“I can’t feel safe having her outside, for fear of her getting hit by a stay bullet,” Tracey Dent said.
It already has support from the Packers. An autographed Brett Favre picture and autographed Packers football will help raise money.
“I want to get Racine, South Milwaukee, Oak Creek, everybody,” Tracey Dent said.
For the volunteers, it’s about giving back.
“I’m just trying to give the same gift that was given to me onto others,” Monte’a Williams said.
TODAY’S TMJ4’s Carole Meekins: “So you want to be a positive role model and mentor?”
“Oh yes. That’s the plan,” Monte’a Williams said.
The volunteers say this is just the beginning of taking back Milwaukee streets, and keeping our kids safe
“I want to be a role model to my daughter and to other people,” Tracey Dent said.
The walk takes place May 17th. If you'd like more information, call 217-766-4568 or 414-659-6774.