Lynchburg organization launches series of rallies to speak out against violence and provide resources

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WDBJ) – In recent days, acts of violence across the United States have left dozens injured or dead.

In Lynchburg, One Community One Voice is committed to stopping this violence from entering the community.

That’s why a summer series of “ENOUGH” rallies are scheduled to return from Tuesday.

“It’s important that we move forward and be proactive and we need to be ahead of some things to encourage those neighborhoods if they see something, say something. Help our children not be distracted by unwanted behavior,” said Pastor James Camm with One Community One Voice.

Camm says the rallies are not just to discourage violence, but also to provide community resources.

“A lot of different organizations are supporting us with information for families to get them where they are, where they need to be,” Camm said.

One such organization is the Lynchburg Police Department.

LPD is the first to respond to violent crime scenes, but Mark Jamison, deputy chief, says he hopes the return of such gatherings will help prevent crime through community relations.

“Anything we can do to answer questions, really engage with [the public] and educate them on what we do,” Jamison said. “There can be questions about what we do and why we do what we do in law enforcement, so I think it’s really important for us to leave a mark on our community and build those relationships.”

Camm says they worked together to choose areas that typically have more neighborhood crime. He wants as many people as possible to come out and show unity.

“And the more we come into this community to show that we care about them, it’s a big impact just to be there,” Camm said. “So we’re asking all of Lynchburg, in all regions, to come up and say hello, we’re together, enough of these undesirable things.”

The rally program is available here.

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Aubrey L. Morgan