The March for a Culture of Peace in Wilmington, set for Saturday Sept. 27, has designated its starting and ending points.
The one-mile march will form at 18th and Washington Streets, at the southern edge of Brandywine Park, the site of the war memorials. The march will cross through several East Side neighborhoods, both above and below Market Street, and end at Brown-Burton Winchester Park at 25th and Pine streets.
First Unitarian Church's Social Justice Forum is one of three principal organizers of the march, which will culminate with a half-hour rally in the city park, also known to local residents as Price's Park. The church has joined longtime Delaware peace activists Pacem in Terris and the community group Wilmington Peacekeepers in organizing the march. Weekly meetings of the steering committee are being held at First Unitarian on Tuesdays at 2:00 pm in Room 25.
The march is gathering an impressive list of co-sponsors—church and community groups concerned with the impact of gun violence on our city and its families, especially young people. Labor Day Weekend saw the 19th and 20th fatalities on our streets in 2014, a record-setting pace of murders.
A list of the sponsoring organizations is found at the march website along with a call for additional sponsors. Our goal is to build a new statewide coalition of individuals and groups who will work together to solve this heartbreaking problem.
The march will begin at 3:00 pm on Sept. 27. Unitarian Universalists are called to show how they are truly standing on the side of love by turning out in large numbers to support our neighbors.
For up-to-date information on the March for a Culture of Peace in Wilmington, go to the march website. Subscribe for regular email updates. Come to meetings. Put the march on your calendar and get to 18th and Washington by 3:00 on the 27th.