The Dawn Neighborhood Group joined a number of native officers for a Cease the Violence march and rally in Donaldsonville on the afternoon of Feb. 27.
The march included each the Port Barrow space off Hwy. 1 and the neighborhood close to St. Patrick Road and the railroad underpass at Marchand Avenue.
In a symbolic gesture, hearses from space funeral houses trailed the marchers.
The group’s chairman, Glenn Worth, spoke on the rally held in entrance of the River Street African American Museum’s Rosenwald college constructing.
“We got here out right here as we speak as a result of we realized we now have an issue right here in Donaldsonville with violent crime that we have to confront,” he stated to the gang. “We let the group know that that is one thing that all of us should work collectively on to unravel this drawback.”
In line with statistics the group obtained from the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Workplace, 9 shootings had been reported in lower than two months of 2022. One included an obvious murder-suicide.
Worth welcomed Donaldsonville Mayor Leroy Sullivan to handle the gang first.
“When you look on the variety of folks right here, I assume we have to construct on this and let folks know sufficient is sufficient relating to the crime right here within the Metropolis of Donaldsonville,” Sullivan stated.
He emphasised the significance of letting the younger folks of the group know they’re cherished.
“Let the younger folks know that we love them. The one means this may cease is for us to get entangled,” the mayor stated.
State Rep. Ken Brass was additionally in attendance and spoke in regards to the violence affecting not solely Donaldsonville, however the complete River Parishes space between Baton Rouge and New Orleans.
“We’re not going to face for this anymore,” Brass stated.
He plans to deal with “cradle to profession” laws to offer funding for early childhood improvement to create long-term alternatives to the youth of the realm.
Lt. Donald Capello of the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Workplace stated it was refreshing to see members of the group get entangled with the occasion.
The Sheriff’s Workplace supplied an escort to the marchers in each areas.
Rev. Charles Brown, who serves as chairman of the Donaldsonville Metropolis Council, confused remaining in step with the motion.
“We have to proceed to march on till victory is received. Victory is once we can get up within the morning and know that Donaldsonville has peace, concord, and love all through the entire group,” Brown stated.
Fellow council member Reginald Francis identified crime has been an issue in all places.
“This complete world wants love. I keep in mind one thing the police chief in Baton Rouge stated: While you look within the mirror, what do you see? Do you’re keen on what you see? Undoubtedly some do not, and that is why we now have a lot crime,” Francis stated.
Darryl and Kathe Hambrick welcomed everybody to the Rosenwald campus of the museum.
“After we full this constructing, this will likely be a spot the place youngsters locally can come and have a refuge to get away from among the issues they’re confronted with day-to-day,” Darryl Hambrick stated.
He added that he at all times tries to supply positivity when talking to Baton Rouge space information retailers.
“There are some good issues that go on right here that goes unnoticed. So, we wish to be the optimistic facet of that,” he stated.
The Hambrick household operates a funeral house in Gonzales. He invited the Demby and Southall households to discuss the problem of doing their jobs as funeral administrators.
“It is sufficient… It is sufficient,” he stated in talking about having to bury younger folks.
“We do not prefer to roll these hearses. We positively don’t love to try this. However due to what is going on on we’re continuously bombarded day in and time out. COVID was sufficient after which we have these killings in our group on high of that. How way more of this may we take? I do not learn about you guys, however I am sick and uninterested in being sick and drained,” he stated.
Kathe Hambrick stated the purpose for subsequent time must be to carry out extra folks and to debate options to the problem.
“As my brother Darryl stated, it would not do us any good to march with out arising with options,” she stated.
Dawn Neighborhood Group co-chair Kurt Mitchell was unable to attend because of sickness. Worth learn a pre-written assertion from Mitchell.
“After we discuss crime, it is a group drawback. It is everybody’s drawback and it’ll take everybody to carry an answer,” Worth learn.
Former Ascension Parish Council member Oliver Joseph, who represented the west facet, additionally addressed the gang.
“We actually want this right here. This group wants jobs too. Crime would not carry jobs, it runs jobs away,” he stated.
State Sen. Ed Worth stated among the violence may be stopped if extra folks say one thing once they see one thing.
“Now we have to get out right here ourselves and do that,” he stated.
Robyn Penn Delaney, who represents the realm on the Ascension Parish College Board, additionally spoke to the gang.
“Let’s ensure we begin with ourselves. Present love to 1 one other. We are able to flip this factor round if we come collectively as one,” she stated.
The Donaldsonville Metropolis Council’s Lauthaught Delaney identified the significance of becoming a member of collectively always.
“Let’s work collectively and attempt to make Donaldsonville a greater place,” he stated.