- Posted May 9, 2012 by
New York, New York
Stop the Violence|E Harlem
- Jareen, CNN iReport producer
Stop the Violence!
This afternoon in East Harlem, Borough President Scott Stringer and Councilmember Melissa Mark Viverito led a Stop the Violence March and Rally in a cry against the increase in street violence. Anti gun group SNUG was represented by Robin Holmes.
Several elected officials offered impassioned remarks, including personal testimonies by Senator Bill Perkins and Councilmember Robert Jackson, both of whom lost loved ones to street violence. Calling for an end to violence also were Asemblyman Robert Rodriguez Jr, Assemblyman Adriano Espaillat, Councilmembers Jessica Lappin and Dan Garodnick . Noted local pastor Reverend Williams and President of the 23rd Precinct Community Council Cesar M Vasquez also addressed the gathering.
Most touching was young Elevit Perez, who was comforted by community residents and elected officials as he tried to hold back tears and recounted the beating he sustained that was so bad that he had no idea what had happened to him when he regained consciousness.