2012-05-24 / Front Page

East Flatbush March Calls For An End To Violence

By Jason Linetsky


Photo by Jason Linetsky Photo by Jason Linetsky Songs such as “Where Is The Love?” by the Black Eyed Peas became invitations for many to come out of their houses Saturday morning and join a two-mile march to stop violence in East Flatbush.

Organized and led by City Councilman Jumaane Williams, the second an-nual Not In My Hood march brought together students from many of the area’s public schools, Cub and Girl Scout troops, houses of worship, and local businesses, to spread the word that they are tired of hearing about their neighbors being kill-ed in the community.

Activist and Master of Ceremonies for the day Mike Tucker, and former gang member Shanduke “Trife Gangsta” McPhatter got the crowd chanting along the route as Williams was joined by Assemblyman Nick Perry and City Comptroller John Liu at the head of the crowd.

Members of the Tilden High School/ Kurt Hahn School varsity football team, cheerleaders, and student leaders passed out postcards to onlookers and placed them on cars while entertainment was provided by stepping squads Colors of Peace of Beacon Center at P.S. 269 and Midwood High School’s Lady Phoenix & Infinite.


Councilman Jumaane Williams, center, with Assemblyman Nick Perry, left, and Comptroller John Liu 
Photos by Jason Linetsky Councilman Jumaane Williams, center, with Assemblyman Nick Perry, left, and Comptroller John Liu Photos by Jason Linetsky Nine-year-old Amor “Lil Man,” add-ed his own inspiration to the crowd by performing his original rap song “Stop The Violence.”

“It feels good to support the community and spread my messages to stop violence,” said Amor, who started writ-ing song segments when he was four years old and, with the help of his father, has been able to piece them to-gether and record them while performing at many events.

Williams was very pleased by the success of the march as it made its way around to the finish line of the Tilden Educational Campus field.


Donnai Peters, left, and Teresa Peters, proudly join march Donnai Peters, left, and Teresa Peters, proudly join march “It's an amazing turnout for its second year,” the concerned councilman said. “We had people joining in from the sidewalks and their houses as we passed. I can’t wait to see how many people come out five years from now!”

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