The Major Cities Chiefs Association listed Cleveland as having the fifth highest murder rate per capita in 2017, with four out of every five homicides related to gun violence. According to Cleveland Scene, there were seven confirmed shootings in Cleveland between the evening of Saturday June 16th and early Sunday June 17th alone.
To encourage healing in our community, we invite all of you to join YWCA Greater Cleveland’s staff at this year’s Circle the Cities with Love event from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM on July 29th. The event will be held at Voinovich Bicentennial Park on the East Ninth Street pier (behind the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum) in downtown Cleveland and registration is free.
As part of the Circle the Cities with Love’s program, participants will stand together holding hands in silence for a half hour to embody the power of LOVE that brings healing, peace, and justice to our world.
“I wanted to do something to address the violence and anger in the world. It has to stop. It has to end. I don’t know how to do it, but these are the people who can do something,” Said Caroline Kovac, a 2016 Circle the Cities with Love participant.
During this year’s silent reflection, we encourage you to keep victims of violence and their families in your thoughts. Because gun violence is so commonplace (there are approximately 33,000 gun related deaths in America every year) it is easy to become numb. In Cleveland there were 130 victims of homicide in 2017 and an estimated 85 victims so far in 2018. The impact they made on their loved ones and our community may never make national news, but their lives mattered.
Join your fellow Clevelanders at Circle the Cities with Love and use this rare moment of silence in our hectic lives to honor the memory of those we have lost and commit to taking action to end gun violence in all of its forms: domestic abuse, gangs, police shootings of unarmed people of color, school shootings, or suicide.
Circle the Cities with Love is organized in partnership with YWCA Greater Cleveland.