2013-05-10 / Community

F.A.I.T.H Unity Walk Plants Seeds Of Hope In Rockaways

By Ilyassha Shivers

If you didn’t know, there is something growing in the Rockaways. Father’s Alive In The Hood held a peace walk for unity on Saturday, May 4th. The walk began on Hassock Street and Beach Channel Drive at the Redfern Houses and continued through Far Rockaway ending in Hammels. This walk turned out to be a beautiful and uplifting experience. As I walked up, I could see the group preparing to deploy. There were men, women and children of all ages out to show their support. With a bullhorn in hand Kenny Carter President of F.A.I.T.H. led the group barking out chants as if leading a group of soldiers into battle, ”No more shots in Far Rock and shots got to stop in Far Rock.”

Some would question why march at all and some might say they are tired of marching. It was not about the march but more about positive energy that was channeled through the marchers and the well-wishers who joined as the we made our way through the peninsula.

”There are seeds of love and hope being planted in the community,” said Mr. Carter. I was fortunate to take part and share with my son and three nephews. The walk took an interesting turn when we reached Edgemere where the night before there was a senseless killing. There was a make-shift memorial where a young man was shot dead. As the group entered the courtyard they were met by friends and family of the victim. “Can you believe it, the night before the march another young man lost his life,” someone stated. This shows that we as a community must come together and defend what we hold precious, our friends, our family and our children.

I look forward to seeing what happens next.

(Ilyassha Shivers is a Wave intern reporting and commenting on people and events in Far Rockaway. He can be reached by email at shiverswave@gmail.com)

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