Peaceful walk to protest community violence
by Candrese Jones
Jul 26, 2013 | 2625 views | 0 0 comments | 36 36 recommendations | email to a friend | print
One local Cleveland resident is taking a stand against the recent violence in the city by hosting a peaceful protest/walk.

The event is set for 5 p.m. Saturday and will begin at the historic Amzie Moore house, located at 616 S. Chrisman Ave. in Cleveland, and end at United Baptist Family Life Center.

The public is invited to attend and participate.

“The violence in the city sparked my desire to organize this walk,” said Kierre Rimmer. “With all the fights in the park, shootings, slightly the verdict of the Trayvon Martin case, and etc., I just felt like it was time for our community to take a stand and let everyone know we will not stand for any more violence in our neighborhoods. In Deuteronomy 11:24, it speaks about every place you step your feet it will be yours. We are taking our community back.”

The walk will venture through some of the areas in the community where violent events occur most often. Participants will walk south from the Amzie Moore house and turn down by Myers Grocery Store at the corner of Chrisman Avenue and White Street, head west on White Street to Sunset Village apartments, and end at the Family Life Center.

“I spoke with members of the local police department and everything has been cleared and assistance will be provided for crossing the highway,” said Rimmer.

Rimmer has a long standing relationship with many of the youth in the community.

“Through my church affiliation and working with the Boys and Girls Club, I have formulated connections with a lot of our youth,” he said. “I am also the founder of an upcoming foundation called FLY. It stands for Forever Lifting Youth. A lot of the kids call me fly because of the way I dress so I just ran with it and turned it into something positive.”

Rimmer said it’s important to let everyone know there are community members that will not allow violence to take over the streets.

“This is the beginning of future events,” he said. “The FLY Foundation plans to host voter registration drives, credit repair workshops, help kids obtain a driver’s license and more.

“I also hope that this walk will inspire more men in our community to step up. These are not my kids but in a sense they are. We have to make the time and become more aware of what’s going on in our community. We have to think outside the box and figure out ways to help things change and we have to make changes too.

“We have to meet kids where they are,” he continued. “My wife, Rhonda, and I were talking during a meeting with our team and we were discussing recent events and how we can make a positive difference with our youth and community. This is very serious. We can’t wait until it’s our kids to become involved.

“I’m a firm believer that it takes a village to raise a child. Speak positive words of encouragement to our youth. The key is to be active in your community and visible. I just encourage everyone to come FLY with me on Saturday. If there is someone who can’t make the walk, please stop in along the way or meet us at the end at the Life Center for a brief message.”

For more information about this event or the FLY Foundation, please contact Rimmer at 662-545-8810, Rhonda Rimmer at 662-402-6228, or Tiffany Curb at 601-467-7791. Rimmer can also be contac66ted through his email at kt_rimmer@yahoo.com.