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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Young people in Louisville stand up and speak out to say “enough is enough” when it comes to violence. Data from the Louisville Metro Police (LMPD) prove it, shootings are not decreasing.


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  • A Way Back Youth Program is a group of young people who have started to march against gun violence once a week
  • Louisville firing rate not decreasing, according to police data
  • This year the pace is higher than last year in the number of criminal homicides

Thus, some young people make their anti-violence position more visible. “A Way Back Youth Program” holds pickets and marches once a week every Friday under the “Take A Knee Bridge” at 34th and Broadway in West Louisville.

A stroll down Broadway will take you under the Take A Knee Bridge, with its paintings and anti-violence messages. On Fridays you will also find youth and A Way Back Youth program participants holding up signs and spreading the word to “stop the violence”.

This is part of a church program, founded by Pastor Edith Jones. She wants young people to influence their peers to do good.

“We want our children to live in a peaceful community where they can walk the streets and not have to worry about guns being shot at them,” Jones said.

Leron Jackson, 12, is a growing seventh grader who comes to the steps every week. He tries to make a difference, however small, in the hope of preventing young people from getting involved in and falling victim to bad things.

“It makes me feel concerned, because I just don’t want to go out and if I go to the store and people start shooting,” Jackson said, worried about the close proximity of the shootings to the house.

This year is on track to surpass last year’s record homicide rate; Louisville recorded 100 homicides a few weeks ago. There were also young victims.

“Kids don’t deserve to fall like this,” Jackson responded.

He hopes youth activism makes a difference. Jones thinks so, but admits that even former members of the church’s youth group were killed.

“The first week we went out. The following week I got a phone call to go preach at the funeral of one of our young people who went through the program. He was 30 years old and he arrived at 12 years old,” said Jones. tell.

It was Remi Dawson, killed on June 13 according to LMPD. The case is not yet resolved.

“All I know is we have to keep going because it hits almost every other family and it’s just… it’s too much,” Jones laments.