SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – On Saturday, Springfield residents rallied to take back their streets.
It was an anti-violence rally at Adam’s Playground along Wilbraham Road. Dozens people and families gathered to unite as one.
That’s one of the driving themes behind the “Wake-Up Movement”, an anti-violence movement aimed at curbing city violence through peace, love and unity.
Their motto is, “United we stand, divided we fall.” People told 22News why they came out.
“Bring the community together in love and show the kids that there’s not only violence in our area but that people actually do care about the well-being of children,” said Carolyn Wright of Springfield.
“If we all can come together as one community we can make change in our community and clean up. There won’t be any killings in the streets,” said Kyreem Tabor, organizer of “Wake Up”.
So far this year, there have been 6 homicides in the city of Springfield.