Urban League Continues Effort to Halt Violence (NBC33 VIDEO)

By Emma Koch

March 27, 2013 Updated Mar 27, 2013 at 6:07 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.nbc33.com) - Halting violence in the Summit City is the message behind a rally that was held last week. But after hundreds stood up in support of the Fort Wayne Urban League's effort, what's next?

The organization’s president, Jonathan Ray, says they’re essentially in the brainstorm phase right now. He says Friday's gathering brought out many great ideas and now they're trying to figure out which ideas are both realistic and helpful for the community.

Ray was thrilled with the turnout Friday. He says most of the ideas discussed center around making this a community wide effort.

"I believe that people aren't violent. I think people are living in circumstances that have them act violently. That doesn't mean we don't want people who are perpetrators off the street," said Jonathan Ray, President/CEO, Fort Wayne Urban League.

Ray says many of the people committing violent acts don't see a future for themselves. Ray believes giving them hope will help stop the crimes, and he says that takes a variety of groups and people getting involved.

"It's not one thing, or one entity or one group of people that can do it it really is going to require the city coming together and creating new options and really looking at the same picture with a different paradigms," said Jonathan Ray, President/CEO, Fort Wayne Urban League.

Their next meeting is set for April 12 at the Prime Time Center on Calhoun Street.

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