Local Groups Work to Stop the Violence - ABC5 News Des Moines, IA

Local Groups Work to Stop the Violence

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Addie Olson



Creative Visions and Mothers Against Violence have come up with a "Stop the Violence" campaign.

It will take place in four phases starting with the sale of yard signs to bring awareness to their cause.

Police reported 11 homicides in Des Moines this year.

State Representative Ako Abdul-Samad founded Creative Visions to search for solutions to poverty and crime in 1996.

"I lay in my bed this summer and listened to the gunshots," said Abdul-Samad. "Look how many years we're talking about."

In 1997, Ako's own son was shot to death.

"We want to make sure that the children know they have a right to grow up," said Abdul-Samad.

Calvetta Williams joined in the search for a solution when she created Mothers Against Violence this year.

 "We're not going to rest, we're going to be out there," Williams said. "We're tired of it."

In a news conference Monday, the police department, City Councilwoman Christine Hensley and Mayor Frank Cownie all came out to show their support for a new "Stop the Violence" campaign

"We're all coming together so it really feels good," Williams said.

Calvetta and Ako hope their yard signs will replace the crime that goes on outside of their neighbors' homes.

Other phases of the campaign include a six month task force that will look at what's causing the most violence, and a gun turn in. People can exchange firearms for Casey's gas cards.

The yard signs are on sale at Creative Visions for $2.00.

The money will be put toward more signs and the campaign's effort to stop the violence in Des Moines

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