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Lansing March Against Gun Violence

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Dozens of people gathered in South Lansing over the weekend for an action march against violence.

For the third year in a row, Michael McKissic hosted The Action March Against Violence in Lansing on the anniversary of his son Mikey’s death.

McKissic founded the Mikey23 Foundation after his son died due to gun violence in 2015.

The organization teaches young people transferable job skills to help them keep busy.

He says this year the march took on a different meaning.

“Particularly coming out of the COVID, we realized that we didn't have anything for or any activities or anything going on during the summertime. So, what we wanted to do is have organizations get together cooperatively together, so that we have a resource fair for our youth to give them something to do during the summertime.”

McKissic believes an answer to the rising cases of gun violence lies in intergenerational relationships.

“So, neighbors need to get back to that old, the old African proverb that we always say, you know, it takes a village to raise a child. So, it's going to take a village to keep your community safe.”

Last year, a record number of people were killed in Lansing.

As WKAR's Bilingual Latinx Stories Reporter, Michelle reports in both English and Spanish on stories affecting Michigan's Latinx community. Michelle is also the voice of WKAR's weekend news programs.