Scene from 2008’s first annual March for Youth at Brighton Playfield behind Aki Kurose Middle School. Photo credit: do communications, inc.
Scene from 2008’s first annual March for Youth at Brighton Playfield behind Aki Kurose Middle School. Photo credit: do communications, inc.

In response to the violence that puts youth at risk, particularly in Southeast and Central Seattle, community members combined energies and put together the 2nd annual March for Youth and rally on Sunday, August 30. Not a week goes by without news of shootings in Seattle’s neighborhoods. Kids in some of our schools live every day with the awful threat of impending violence; being killed and killing themselves. This event was an opportunity for the citizens of Seattle to unite in support of our youth and hear first hand about the struggles they face. It is a time for all of the Central and South End communities to come together and start the conversations that will lead to a powerful community response in the future. The march began at Promenade 23 shopping center in the Central District and, in the South End, at Martin Luther King Jr Way S. and S. Walker St. The marchers joined together for a rally at Sam Smith Park, where there was free food, free entertainment, and inspiring words from members of the community..

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