Guyanese City Council Candidate and South East Queens clergy hold prayer session to end violence.
A group of pastors, community activists and a mother whose son lost his life tragically to violence, held a special prayer session with City Council candidate Albert Baldeo at the Door Restaurant on Baisley Boulevard in South Queens to focus on issues confronting our community.
“The surge in gun violence and deaths have reached an alarming high, and we just cannot sit back and allow our community to continue to lose precious lives. We have had 41 murders between January 1 to October 14 this year, and we need greater cooperation from law enforcement, jobs and after school programs to keep our children off the streets and instill hope and revitalization in our depressed neighborhoods. I am running for the City Council to revitalize our district, end racial profiling, and bring funding and resources to our community. We must be other’s keeper,” Baldeo said.
Baldeo’s sentiments were echoed by Pastor Craig Brown of the Bethany Baptist Church, Pastor James Deleston of the Mt. Moriah Baptist Church, Pastor Reuel Williams of the Praise Tabernacle Church, Rev. Leon Brothers of the United Faith Baptist Church, Pastor Virginia Brown of the Prayer Praise Worship Center and Pastor Johnny Jones of the Jesus House of Prayer.
Mary Hodges, who recently lost her son to gun violence, said that the police were told of previous threats her son received, but did nothing to investigate them. Community activist Garth Marchant, an uncle of the deceased William Cobb, said that police relations in the community are at an all time low.
Baldeo also outlined his vision for the community by holding inter faith meetings, precinct meetings, and by bringing all civic, community, religious, professional and business leaders to the table of brotherhood via a Leadership cabinet, so that we can take back our community.
He also pledged to open the application process to include organizations and groups who serve the community to receive funding for their programs from the City Council budget. “If elected, I will bring back government to work for the people. My office will be truly the people’s office,” Baldeo promised.