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Holyoke Holds Peace Rally and Parade

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HOLYOKE, Mass. (WGGB) – Violence in Holyoke came to a head last week when a school bus filled with children was caught in crossfire. Now, residents are taking a stand.

Monday, they held a peace rally and parade.

It takes a village to raise a child. So when children were threatened by violence in Holyoke, this “village” came together.

“When there are issues in our community, we have to come together in our community and we have to be a unified front.  We have to protect our children and when we protect our children we are protecting our community,” said Teresa Cooper Gordon, a Holyoke resident taking part in the event.

Monday’s peace rally and parade is not just a message to those perpetrating the violence here in Holyoke. It’s also a message to the entire community and the region at large.

Now a group called Holyoke Peace is sending that message.

“We should be more visible in our communities and let our children know that we love them, we care about them and let the community at large know that we all have a responsibility to take care of our children,” Gordon explains.

And today was the perfect day for the peace rally and parade that walked the streets where the recent violence took place.

“This is a day of services, this is a day of peace, this is a day of love, this is a day of unity. This is the commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King’s day and this is what he did all his life,” Gordon adds.

Holyoke Peace is a new community action group that hopes to promote unity and peace within the city.


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