Mothers fed up with violence

Jordan Guinn (Record Net) | November 22, 2011

STOCKTON – Fed up with the gang-related homicides, shootings and stabbings, a grass-roots group aims to break the cycle of violence by going to crime scenes and reaching out to the affected communities and families.

Mothers Against Violence – a coalition of community activists and concerned citizens – plan a vigil and news conference at the corner of East Main and B streets at noon today. The location is near the East Main Drive-In, the site of an Oct. 9 homicide, said Angelina Mireles, a coordinator of Mothers Against Violence.

By showing a presence in gang neighborhoods and at crime scenes, the group hopes it can help curb the violence for years to come, Mireles said.

“Historically, much of our murder rate comes from black-on-black and brown-on-brown crime,” she said. “Most of these killings are over retaliation, and it’s got to stop.”

While movements with similar messages have cropped up in the past before quickly fading away, a spokesman for the Stockton Police Department said he likes the approach that Mothers Against Violence is suggesting.

“We’ve had people or groups come out in the past and focus on a specific area or certain type of crime, but this sounds like they have a citywide perspective, and that’s unique,” said Officer Pete Smith.

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