Peace rallies held ahead of first Freddie Gray trial

Baltimore - Armed with their voices, a message and prayer, about 200 people came to Blessed Sacrament Church on Old York Road Sunday night.  It was a chance to come together to change the way Baltimore is headed.

"There's a lot of violence going on in our city, a lot of injustices and we need to come together as people of all races to work together to live in harmony and to have peace," said Mike Dugan.

So they prayed together, and they sang together.  Hopeful the city can join together to end the hurt and become one Baltimore.

"We're expressing our outrage and our grief around the current crisis in our city,” said BUILD Clergy Co-Chair, Rev. Glenna Huber.  “We're moving that outrage and grief into hope to that we can act on creating a safer Baltimore for all residents."

"It has to be rebuilt,” Father Joe Muth from Blessed Sacrament Church said.  “And we feel that by working together we can make that rebuilding happen."

Over in West Baltimore, a peace rally was held at the intersection of Pennsylvania and North Avenues.  About 60 people gathered saying they want justice, and are frustrated with the lack of trust on the streets.

"I just feel sad,” Gloria Pack said.  “I feel really sad when I drive through the city, it’s like they hopeless, they don't have nothing to look forward to."

Folks who live in this area say not much has changed since the April unrest.  But they have the passion, and want to fight to make an impact.

"We have to step up to the plate, we have to take our streets back, we have to take our communities back, and we have to make a difference," said Doni Glover with Sandtown Winchester United.     

"We live in a broken city and we need to fix our broken city,” Lucky Crosby Sr. with Sandtown Winchester United said.  “But we also need for people to be accountable, not just the drug dealer on the corner, but the politician in City Hall."

The first trial in the Freddie Gray case might start Monday,  but when that's all over the residents will still be here, and they say, so will their problems.

Print this article Back to Top