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Concerned Citizens Organize Walk in Response to Recent Violence in Norristown

The men and women of Norristown Clubs United are asking residents to join them in show of solidarity this Saturday.

In response to the recent escalation of violence in Norristown (including the Christmas night murder of 24-year-old Paul Brown, the Oct. 20 murder of Ryan Ladson-Singleton, and recent shootings), the men and women of Norristown Clubs United are planning a memorial walk on Saturday, Dec. 29 at 2 p.m.

Organizers are asking residents who are concerned about the recent violence to join them in this show of solidarity. The walk will begin at Marshall and Buttonwood streets in the West End.

"We are not asking you, the concerned citizen, to do much," community organizer Buck Jones wrote to Norristown Patch in an email. "Just walk with us as we re-visit the sites of senseless murders that have taken place in our beloved Norristown."

Jones added that the walk is not about assigning blame, but about gathering as a community to show a united front in the face of violence. 

"The answer is not in pointing fingers at who is or who is not doing what," wrote Jones. "The answer is in stepping up as a community and saying 'Enough is enough,' and bringing light to the dark situations that have put a shadow over our town."

Organizers suggested bringing a stuffed animal, picture, candle or other memorabilia to commemorate those lost to violence. 

Jones added a personal plea to residents to join him in this effort.

"Yes, we have walked before and as for me, I will walk again," wrote Jones. "What ever it takes to do my part. We are asking you to join us now so that we can show a united force. THe people of Norristown will come together and stand together... This is an invitation; as a matter of fact, this is plea for help. I beg you on behalf of myself, Norristown Clubs United, my children, my family, my friends, my town, my home –  come and walk with us so that together we can make a loud and clear statement: This is our home and you are not welcome here!"

Eve December 30, 2012 at 11:58 PM
Over the last few days I've found many comments very disturbing, rude, incompassionate and racist. You are the people that I may have gone to school with or worked with. Your children may have attended the same schools as mine. Either sites like this attract self-loathing, racist cowards, or this country is in more trouble than we think. I'm going to go with the former. I'll still check in from time to time. Gotta keep the enemy close.
John Q. Public December 31, 2012 at 12:53 AM
Eve, get a grip. Violence and crime respects no race. In predominantly white communities, where government benefits try to prop up a degraded culture, we see similar problems. Black communities are no more immune from this failure as any other race. The enemy is crime, and too many in Norristown do want it close.
Eve December 31, 2012 at 02:34 AM
No one wants crime close to them unless they are criminals. Why would you state that too many people in Norristown WANT crime when so many concerned citizens are publicly searching for solutions? Don't answer because you'd just make up something the others want to hear whether it is true or not, or makes sense or not. But this is a public forum and if I make a statement anyone has a right to their opinion. (Even though my post you replied to referred to rudeness, hate and racism, etc. in some comments on this site.) So I was right.
jxjipper December 31, 2012 at 03:38 AM
"So many concerned citizens" You are kidding right. Less than half the population votes. Probably 30% don't even speak English. 20% get the local paper and 0% of them are the criminals. This community is backwards, dysfunctional and hopelessly confused over the identity it has. The Council and Church elites tout theaters and useless projects with fancy lights and brickwork. Meanwhile most of the residents have a middle school level education and treat this community like a waiting room at a bus station.
Truth19401 December 31, 2012 at 03:41 AM
You are an idiot. You were an idiot on gonorristown.com and you will always be an idiot. The problem with this town isn't anyone elses fault but the people who live here. I know you all like to think that the root of your problems is the evil green monster from somewhere else... or even government... but you know what I say, "If ya plant corn, you get corn".

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