Urban League, Community To Present Action Plan At Council Meeting (VIDEO)

By Rachel Martin - 21Alive

October 27, 2013 Updated Oct 28, 2013 at 5:42 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) – The Urban League and Fort Wayne residents will present their community action plan to stop the gun violence at Tuesday’s City Council meeting.

The 38 homicides in Fort Wayne and Allen County this year is the reason why Urban League President and CEO Jonathan Ray says 700 residents over the last seven months have come up with an action plan to stop the violence.

On Tuesday night, Ray will present the community plan, “Building Bridges to a Better Community" at the City Council meeting.

He says the plan is about transforming the community by building better relationships with city government and law enforcement, as well as finding solutions to the problems that lead to violence by creating more and better educational and employment opportunities.

"One person at a time can't get it done. One snowflake doesn't make that much impact, but if you get a lot of them, they can stop traffic. If you get a lot of them they can stop a city. So if we can get one person to come together with another person then we think we can stop what's going on in our community,” said Ray.

According to the Allen County Coroner’s Office, there have been eight more deaths this year than last, and it's the highest count in 15 years.

Tuesday’s meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. downtown at Citizens Square in the council chambers.

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