Thursday, January 31, 2013

[Updated] At the LES Unity Rally

Tonight at 5:30, Manhattan Borough President Scott M. Stringer and other community leaders convened on Avenue D and East Sixth Street in a solidarity march against gun violence. Joining the group was Arlene Delgado, the mother of 16-year-old Raphael Ward, who was gunned down in a dispute over his jacket on Jan. 4. There have been a handful of other shootings since last July in the area.

Said Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer. "We are marching today to keep our children safe, to prevent the next senseless death — and to stop another tragic shooting from scarring our streets."

"This has to end — how many more mothers have to go through this?” said Arlene Delgado. "I’m speaking out because I would love to save so many other children. I still have a six-year-old to look after, and we have to be more pro-active in our children’s lives. They say it takes a village to raise a child, and our village has to pull together."

[A memorial for Ward on Rivington and Columbia]

Photos by Bobby Williams.

Updated 2-1

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Anonymous said...

Everybody is against gun violence in this city. Stringer has been non responsive to residents of the EV and L.E.S. He takes money from the nightlife and real estate people in exchange for keeping quiet and letting the whole neighborhood fold like a deck of cards. He's running for comptroller Give me a break!

Anonymous said...

It's good that Stringer showed-up at this rally and I mean that. However as Bourough President he has done nothing to stop Bloomberg's campaign to push all working-class people from Manhattan and replace them with tourists and the uber-rich. I wouldn't trust him with a nickel, no less the City's fiscal stability.