NEWARK, N.J. (WCBS 880) – Peace activist Thomas Ellis says, just like Smokey the Bear used to say, only you can prevent forest fires.

WCBS 880’s Levon Putney In Newark

“That’s what we’re saying. Only you can stop the violence,” said Ellis.

Ellis’ Enough is Enough Coalition is teaming with other local anti-violence groups to get out their message and have Friday declared Stop the Violence Day in Newark.

“Enough is enough of the carjacking. Enough is enough of people being shot and killed,” he said.

Ellis’ group is trying to lead by example.

Right outside the Georgia King Village apartments, where there have been several shootings recently, coalition members picked up trash last week.

“That’s the first step, you see, to stopping the violence,” he said.

They’re also giving kids something productive to do. The organization is also taking a group to Newark Bears Stadium to watch minor league baseball.

“You’d be surprised [by] the number of children who’ve never been there, who’s never ever seen a real baseball game,” he said. “We’re going to make it possible for children to come out of these communities that are plagued by violence, where bullets are flying and people are being carjacked and ran over.”

They’re hoping this will open their eyes to the fun and peace they could have just across town.

Comments (4)
  1. travelingmad says:

    I applaud and support these programs and organization trying to make some changes and spread awareness around the city. I hope Newark can get better. Civic engagement can’t be expected from us when it is not safe to walk to the corner store. The city is in my prayers.

  2. DanTe says:

    So they’ve kicked out all the monkeys on Friday? Or is this just more hooting around on the branches?

  3. Wayne Bergen says:

    They MUST NEVER “stop the violence” in Newark. In fact, Newark and other densely populated cities MUST be kept perpetually poor and violent, at ALL times and at ALL costs, so that surrounding towns can appear better and safer by comparison. The suburbs can never hope to attract and retain residents if Newark is “just as safe” as they are.

  4. kendra says:

    will i think that we need to have a stop the violence day year round and we also need to have more recreations for these kids or some kind of projects for these kids to really get into so that they may stay out of trouble or either some kind of mentoring programs i will even come involved if i have to to keep them out of trouble.

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