Grassroots campaign aims for zero murders in Baltimore for 72 hours
By Brian Seay
LA handful of Baltimore residents are organizing a grassroots ceasefire campaign for early next month in an effort to have a murder-free weekend in a city plagued by gun violence.
Six community activists are visiting drug corners and asking young men to set aside their grudges for 72 hours, according to the Baltimore Sun. Their message is clear: “Nobody kill anybody.”
“Everyone who gets in my car leaves with a flyer and a speech,” said 44-year-old Erricka Bridgeford, a professional mediator and Uber driver who lost her brother to gun violence a decade ago.
“Somebody was plotting on this weekend,” she said. “Now they’re not going to do it because of a rumbling in their soul.”
At least 188 people have been killed in Baltimore this year. Organizers of the ceasefire, slated for Friday, Aug. 4 to Sunday, Aug. 6, say they realize a violence free weekend is a tall order. Bridgeford says if the effort deters even one murder, it’ll be a success.
“I’ve seen the momentum build over the past several weeks,” said Baltimore Police Department spokesman T.J. Smith. “We are all in this together, and we’re 1,000 percent supportive of the efforts.”
Organizers are spreading the message through T-shirts, flyers, and a Facebook