CONCERNED TUSCALOOSA RESIDENT STARTS MOVEMENT TO END VIOLENCE

Save Our City

Reporting by WVUA23’s Andrea Matei

Recent violence and the deaths of young adults in Tuscaloosa have prompted the mayor and Tuscaloosa Police Department to take action, but now, citizens are taking matters into their own hands.

Christine Clark is starting a grassroots movement called Save Our City #blockbyblock to stem the violence.

“This started out of heartache and frustration when we lost the 18-year old to gun violence,” Clark said.

She’s referring to Elexis McCool, who was shot and killed earlier this month. The suspect charged with her murder is only 14-years old.

“This is just people tired of our community depending on the police, depending on agencies, and still people are getting killed,” Clark said.

Clark’s plan is to have volunteers, which can be anyone in the community, go with her door to door and block to block and let people know that violence is not the answer. Clark noticed the need for a community outreach program when she was scrolling through social media and read new articles about shooting around town and read comments asking for change.

“When people started talking just outright ‘Don’t pray for me anymore. Help me.’ That’s when I started realizing ok, I don’t want to be one of those people that says ‘Praying for you.’ I have to get out of my house, out of my car and start helping people,” Clark said. “That’s why we’re here and I’m asking anyone that feels the same way to come be a part of this please.”

Anyone interested in volunteering can contact Christine Clark at 205-614-0415 or through email at saveourcity200@gmail.com

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