Communities Unite for Peace : Baltimore Latino Community Wracked by a Wave of Violence Joined by African-American Leadership in Calling on Residents to Create a Safe Summer

Posted June 2, 2014 /

For immediate release. Contact: Susana Flores, sflores@casamd.org240-706-2624

Communities Unite for Peace   Baltimore Latino Community Wracked by a Wave of Violence Joined by African-American Leadership in Calling on Residents to Create a Safe Summer What: Press Conference Where: CASA de Maryland, 2224 E. Fayette St. Baltimore, MD 21231

When: Monday, June 2, 2014, 1:00pm  

Who: CASA youth leaders, Tessa Hill-Aston, Baltimore City Branch NAACP, Reverend C.D. Witherspoon, Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Father Bob Wotjek, Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, and more Baltimore, MD – This Monday, prominent civil rights and community leaders will gather together to grieve a wave of violence that has resulted in the murder of one man and hospitalized two high school students in separate attacks.  Attendees will pray for the families and call for an end to the violence. Just days after a Latino teenager was killed in southwest Baltimore, students have faced daily incidence of violence after school at Digital Harbor high school, a diverse school in the City’s Federal Hill that Latino students have considered a safe haven where they can learn and grow.  But separate attacks, off campus, against several different students has left both students and parents wondering if it is safe to attend school.  On Friday, Latino student attendance was sparse, reflecting the fear in the community. At Monday’s press conference, civil rights and community leaders will join to support the students and call on City residents to celebrate diversity.  Students will present their plans to launch a citywide campaign for nonviolence and unity. “I love my school,” said Brenda Zavala, a CASA youth committee member and senior at Digital Harbor High School.  “Baltimore ‘’youth – Latino, African American, all of us – need to organize against this wave of violence that is hurting our school and city.”