By Joe Goldeen—July 9, 2017
Walk for peace. Three simple words. One unifying message.
“Here we are. We’re hurting and confused,” said Stockton Poet Laureate Tama Brisbane before joining about 60 residents on a symbolic walk from downtown Stockton’s Dean DeCarli Waterfront Square south to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and back again, interspersed with prayers and pleas to end the violence that permeates the city like a black cloud.
“I’m here for this walk and believe in the need for it. Violence impacts every bit of Stockton,” Brisbane said. “You’ve got to have change and awareness.”
City Councilwoman Christina Fugazi said she came out “in light of recent events. It is important for us to come together as a community and show through our actions that we are willing to take the lead for peace.”
Fugazi was referring to a recent nine-day period between June 27 and July 5 during which seven people were shot and killed in the city.
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