Goal of organizers of Peace Jam is unity through music

The organizers of Peace Jam hope music can be a unifying force in neighborhoods shaken by violence.

The event will be held from noon to 7 p.m. Sept. 25 at Marsh Field, on the corner of Peck Street and Laketon Avenue. Activities will include choirs and spoken word performers, lecturers, food and information booths and children’s games.

The Peace Jam is designed to turn the community’s focus away from this summer’s violence.

Four men were killed and at least six wounded by bullets, and one was severely beaten, in a month-long streak of violence late this summer.

Music played a part in starting this summer’s violence.

One neighborhood came out with a song, and the other neighborhood would try to top them, with the rivalry escalating to fights.Now the Peace Jam organizers hope music can be part of the solution to the problem of violence.

After this all the guys would love music. They’re going to be playing on the same side.

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