“Don’t kill anybody”: Murder-free weekend urged in Baltimore

Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh

It’s come to this: Wearing t-shirts begging folks not to kill. Mayor Catherine Pugh and former mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake must be so proud.

From MSN: A 44-year-old mother might seem an unusual visitor on the drug corners of Baltimore, but Erricka Bridgeford has stopped by them for weeks to make her pitch for peace.

Forget your grudges for one weekend, she urges the young men she finds. Help bring a 72-hour truce to a city besieged by gun violence. “It’s a city-wide call,” she tells them, “but I’m talking to you.”

Bridgeford and other neighborhood leaders are drumming up support for the three-day ceasefire to quell Baltimore’s violence on the first weekend of August. She admits, however, that such peace is a tall order for a city that’s seen 188 killings this year.

Organizers aim to stop the shooting from Friday, Aug. 4 through Sunday, Aug. 6 with a unified and blunt message: “Nobody kill anybody.”

Their message has been printed on T-shirts and fliers. They designed a website and held community meetings. More than 1,600 people visited their Facebook page. The grassroots campaign has swelled since it began in May.

“I’ve seen the momentum build over the past several weeks,” said T.J. Smith, spokesman for Baltimore police. “We are all in this together and we’re 1,000 percent supportive of the efforts.”

The campaign urges people to put aside their guns and join weekend events for healing, from a peace rally Friday evening to a vigil Sunday where participants will read the names of every person killed in 2017.

“The Baltimore Ceasefire was not declared by any one organization,” organizers wrote on their website. “This ceasefire is the product of Baltimore residents not only being exhausted by homicides, but believing that Baltimore can have a murder-free weekend if everyone takes responsibility.”

More than 600 people have pledged to keep the peace, they wrote. Among them are some of the young men Bridgeford has met on the corners. “You just talk to them like they’re your little brother,” she said.

A professional mediator, neighborhood volunteer and part-time Uber driver — “Everyone who gets in my car leaves with a flyer and a speech” — Bridgeford’s own younger brother was gunned down a decade ago in Southwest Baltimore. His killer was never caught.

Next month’s ceasefire would prove successful if it deters a single shooting, she said. And she figured the movement has already saved a life somewhere. “Somebody was plotting on this weekend,” she said. “Now they’re not going to do it because of a rumbling in their soul.”

The organizers are raising money through their website for more fliers. Some of the money will be donated to the families of anyone killed over the ceasefire weekend. Bridgeford is urging everyone she meets to echo the call for peace. “Jumping out in open-air drug markets might not be for everyone,” she said. “But we’re asking everyone to do their part.”

Community ceasefires, however, have failed to stem the violence in the past. The group Mothers of Murdered Sons called for a ceasefire over Mother’s Day weekend, but at least four people were shot, including a 59-year-old man and 17-year-old woman; both were killed.

Other communities have called for ceasefires after spates of violence in Birmingham, Ala. and Berkeley, Calif., and such efforts are as much about empowering residents as reducing homicide statistics, said Cassandra Crifasi, deputy director of the Johns Hopkins-Baltimore Collaborative for Violence Reduction.

Persistent violence often leaves neighbors feeling powerless, she said. “Communities feel like they can’t do things for themselves. They don’t have a voice. They don’t feel heard,” she said. “This effort seems to me like the people most affected by violence are standing up and saying, ‘We’re not going to take this anymore.'”

A similar awareness campaign began in Chicago in 2013 and has spread across the country with people wearing orange in June to draw attention to the scourge of gun violence. Across the country more than 90 people are shot and killed every day, according to the Wear Orange campaign.

Baltimore, meanwhile, remains gripped by its own violent spike, with 2017 on pace to be the city’s deadliest year ever. The number of homicides shot up to 344 in 2015; another 318 people were killed last year. Baltimore had not exceeded 300 annual homicides for decades before 2015.

“I’m cautiously optimistic,” Crifasi said of the ceasefire. “It indicates to me there are lots of people in Baltimore still invested in the safety and security of their communities.”

People like Bridgeford who has carried the message to Baltimore’s drug corners. She found an unexpected audience, even encouragement in the streets. “I’ve absolutely heard skepticism,” she said. “But even the skeptics are like, ‘Stay out here.'”

DCG

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17 responses to ““Don’t kill anybody”: Murder-free weekend urged in Baltimore

  1. Since Maryland has some of the strictest gun control laws in the country, I would dare to say that is why they have one of the highest murder rates. Arm the citizens and let them protect themselves, instead of sending unarmed citizens into the mean streets of Baltimore to try and reason with cold-blooded killers who do not obey gun control laws in the first place. That sounds more logical to me.

    Ten dollars says these same people are all staunch Obama/Hillary voters. You can’t cure liberalism! 😎

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    • Yep, the sickness will work its way through the population untill it runs into people who simply aren’t interested in participating in bastard culture.

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  2. Miami is blood-thirsty place. Opioids, gangs, drugs, murders, drive-by shootings, road rage,…………you are welcome to add to the list in case I forgot the rest.

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  3. People like Pugh are treating the symptom and not the underlying cause which, in this case, is the Dark Heart of some men. (Although I do understand that a city like Baltimore, in which three of my nephews live, can use any relief it can get.)
    So what happens after the three-day “truce”? Do the criminals take the end of that truce as a green light to resume their criminal behavior? Has Pugh gone on to discover the real remedy to stop the violence? Did the previous Mayor or District Attorney? Have they called upon former New York City Mayor Rudolph Guiliani, who brought real and long-lasting relief, for his advice? Hardy Har Har!
    Rev. James David Manning is the pastor of ATLAH ministries in Harlem. (All the Land Annointed Holy). Manning may not be the sharpest tool in the shed, but in his opinions he has stated, in these words, that “black people are not capable of self-government.” On one occasion, he was referring to black self-national rule in Africa; On another, he was referring to localized government in Harlem. He has called this “The Curse of Ham.” Who knows what it is—except to say that the policies of Lyndon Baines Johnson are still yielding their rich and corrupt dividends 48 years after his Administration ended. Rudy Guiliani understood that black people as a whole suffer from the corruption of crime; He understood that Crime is the Parent of Poverty, and NOT the other way around. But here come the “well-meaning” liberals and their minions, ready, once again, to reverse the truth for the sake of some elusive “peace,” and it’s all B.S., and nobody learns anything, and the crime and body count continue to mount.
    Whatever may be true of Rev. Manning’s observation, one thing is for certain: Liberals and leftists do not ever learn one single lesson from History. That is because they are intellectually and morally corrupt.

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    • The Curse of Ham is on his descendants, and those apparently are the black and asian parts of the human family. Shem has the jews and arabs as his descendants, Ham has the black and asians, while Japheth has the caucasians. So, not only is there antisemitism, and arabs and jews can be antisemitic when they fight each other as they’re all semites, there’s also antihametism where one is prejudiced against Ham’s descendants the blacks or asians, and of course antijaphetism where one is prejudiced against caucasians. As i recall, the cuirse says Ham’s descendants will be “marked” and slaves to Shem and Japheth or something similar. Just my take on it so far.

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  4. All talk about civil disarmament is a ruse. They couldn’t care less about “crime”. The Controllers have ordered the guns confiscated for their protection. Obviously, this has nothing to do with crime save rendering the population defenseless.

    Everyone, everywhere has always had the right to protect and defend themselves. The Constitution merely codifies that God-given right. No amount of gun control is going to prevent violent crime. Indeed, those who commit violent crimes often choose their targets based on risk. It is far riskier for them to enter someplace where inhabitants might be armed than to pick a place where people may be armed.

    For me it is better not to even engage people who try to use this silly argument. I just tell them they have no right to interfere with my rights, period.

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  5. Maybe they should get the source of the drug problems- the US military bringing it in on Navy ships and planes. Nah, they make too much illicit money.

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    • Chem-Tell us how you managed to make that comment using a crayon while wearing a strait jacket. Does your keeper know you were able to babble this?

      By the way what is your drug of choice and is this why your brain functions this way? You’d make a great mayor of St. Louis or Baltimore.

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  6. Wotta great idea! Tee shirts solve all the world’s problems!

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  7. I live in a lilly white suburb and as such there is no violent crime. So as not to be considered racist I am going to print up some t-shirts that say, “Anybody Please Kill Somebody.” I will distribute them to all my homies in da burbs and we’ll see how it goes…

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  8. I live in a small city in Tennessee. My particular neighborhood is fairly diverse ethnically and geographically AND a high volume sales gunstore which has regular self defense and gun permit classes is less than a mile away. I am well armed and I know my next door neighbors on both sides and across the street are armed. It is very peaceable and virtually crime free around here.

    “An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his actions with his life.” –Robert Heinlein

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  9. Please Don’t Shoot Me!

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  10. Please Don’t Kill Me, funny killing video

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