In an effort to foster community unity, several organizations are hosting a walk against violence Saturday on Madison’s west side.
Club TNT, a TV program that aims to guide youth toward positive life choices, and the Meadowood Neighborhood Connectors program are hosting the event called Walk Against Violence, Save The Children March.
“We thought we would get together as somewhat of a protest and to show the community we can be unified,” event coordinator and Club TNT co-founder Gaddi Ben Dan said. “Let them know we have their back.”
Marchers can start the day at 8 a.m. with breakfast at Good Shepherd Church, 5701 Raymond Rd., before gathering at 10:30 a.m. The walk will kick off at 11 a.m., and participants will head west from Good Shepherd to Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 1701 McKenna Blvd.
The University of Wisconsin Marching Band is tentatively scheduled to perform at the march, Dan said.
Madison has seen a number of violent crime incidents, many involving guns, this summer. One of the city’s 10 homicides occurred on the southwest side July 24 on Adderbury Lane.
“We know this won’t necessarily stop the violence but the more awareness we can bring … the more that people can work closely with the police,” Dan said.
Dan said one message he hopes people take away from the event is to collaborate with the Madison Police Department to help solve crimes. Madison's police and fire departments are two of several event sponsors.
Other sponsors include: Urban League of Greater Madison, Madison Area Urban Ministry (MUM), the Madison Community Foundation, State Farm Insurance, JH Findorff Company, Omega School, Umoja Magazine, Wegner and Associates, WISC-TV Channel 3, Meadowridge Library, Mellowhood Foundation, City of Madison, Today Not Tomorrow, Project Babies, Tales with BIG T, Access Community Health, Rick’s Olde Gold and the Black Chamber of Commerce
The second annual West Fest neighborhood festival and Boys & Girls Club of Dane County’s annual Back2School Bash will also be happening Saturday in Elver Park.