By Miriam Rosenberg
Edwin Salgado speaks about his own experiences at the rally. He spent two months on Rikers Island before he was 17 years old and has a bullet in his back and hardware in his ankle from running with gangs. He is now an intern in Councilman Sanders’ office and will graduate from business school in January.
Far Rockaway High School’s auditorium was the scene of the “Bridging The Gap – A Youth Rally Against Violence” on October 23. Councilman James Sanders, Jr, sponsored the rally.
“We want to knock out violence and put something positive in its place,” said Sanders.
Donovan Richards, Jr., Sanders’ District Manager, lost a friend to violence last year.
Councilman Sanders and several of the young people who attended the rally pose for The Wave’s camera before the event begins.
“We need rappers, pastors and moreto step up,” Richards said. “We need to come together as one.”
Edwin Salgado had already spent two months on Rikers Island by the time he was 17. He talked about his own past at the rally.
“I have a bullet in my back and hardware in my ankle from running with gangs,” said Salgado, who interns in Sanders’ office and will graduate from business school in January.
Rapper Stack Bundles stops by to show his support for the anti-violence cause.
“If I wouldn’t have wasted time playing hooky, running with gangs – I could be in a better place.”
Others who took part in the rally included Barry Mason (98.7 Kiss FM), singer Sylfronia King, Larry Love (WBLS), Eddie Jackson, Mothers Against Guns, Inc. president and founder Elizabeth Goldsmith and rappers Ledgeon and Stack Bundles.
Four youngsters won Dell computers donated by the Briarwood Organization.
The rally, which took place on National Make A Difference Day, was originally scheduled for September 18 – but was called off due to rain.
Pictured, at the rally, from left, Larry Love (WBLS), Councilman Sanders, Barry Mason (Kiss 98.7), Eddie Jackson (AKA Eddie O’J, who provided the entertainment for the event), Donovan Richards, Jr. (Councilman Sanders’ District Manager) and Andrea Duncan (Chief of Staff for Councilman Sanders) get together near the end of the rally.