Burlington Residents Work to Reduce Violence in Community
After several recent shootings and a stabbing in Burlington, Iowa, community members have decided they don't want to sit back any longer. They came together to take a stand Sunday with a March Against Violence.
Burlington native Adonis Ross organized the march and posted the event invite on Facebook. He says it will take the entire community to make a more peaceful Burlington.
Even in the heat, a few dozen people showed up Sunday for the three mile walk.
And, to make this event special, Ross decided to add a touch of music. He brought his guitar, and says music is a universal way to bring people together in peace.
He says events like this allow the community to brainstorm ways of reducing violence.
"Even basic things like having street lights, having neighbors you can depend on, knowing who your neighbors are, making sure your entrances are well lit and things like that. I just think those are small things that everybody can do and they don't even realize it," Ross explained.
After so much violence in town, Ross tries to share a positive message through his music. He wants this musical march against violence to be one of many in the future.
Marchers taking part in Sunday's demonstration aren't the only ones fighting for peace in the community. There is also another organization called "Let's Take Burlington Iowa Back" which is hosting a community meeting on Tuesday night.