The Syracuse Clergy, a coalition of faith-based organizations and members of the faith community are deeply concerned about the violence that persists within the City of Syracuse. We are equally concerned about the pain and suffering of families who have lost loved ones to gun violence. The loss of children and young adults are especially troubling. We envision a community where our families are safe, and our children have the capacity to grow into productive adults.
As a way to respond to the pervasive violence within our City – the Faith Community is launching the “Campaign for Peace” with a prayer vigil on Friday, July 3, 2020 at 1:00 PM. The location of our first prayer vigil will be at the corner of E. Raynor Avenue and 1300 South State Street. Our goal is to be visible within the City’s “hot spots” sharing a message of hope and standing in solidarity against violence.
As we pray and work for peace within our City we need the community’s support. We are asking for all parents and guardians to keep their children close to home particularly during the upcoming 4th of July weekend. We are also asking members of the community who may have information about any shootings to please forward that information to the proper authorities. Additionally, as we face a national health crisis – we are asking all residents to wear a mask and be safe. It is imperative that we have a collective effort to improve the quality life for the residents of Syracuse. The Faith Community stands together in solidarity that the violence must cease! Eradicating this pandemic of violence on the streets of Syracuse is one of our greatest priorities.