• Twitter #detlove: Social Media Campaign Aims to Reduce Violence in Detroit Underway with Food Give Away TODAY

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    12083273-standardDETROIT — If you buy someone a cup of coffee, shovel your elderly neighbor’s sidewalk or share a smile on the street, let it be known on social media, Detroit religious leaders urge.

    Historic King Solomon Baptist Church Rev. Charles Williams II announced the social media initiative from his chilly church Monday.

    At the core of the effort, which also focuses on reforming drug dealers and motivating leaders to help with job creation, is a desire to decrease violence.

    The church leader is urging Detroit residents to show love to one another and then share their kind acts via Twitter at hashtag “detlove” (#detlove).

    “Spread some love, show some love,” said Williams II. “Be love to someone who may be in a desperate situation.”

    Rev. Charles E. Williams II said “This campaign shows just how many people are doing great things in Detroit and those who seek to change the culture.”

    There will also be a Food Give Away Today

    When:
    Monday January 8th, 2013 @11:00am

    Where:
    Greater Mt. Tabor Baptist Church
    7345 W. Chicago
    Detroit, MI

    In addition to the social media campaign, Williams II said his church is hosting an event this Saturday focused on Detroit’s drug dealers.

    “If you are selling marijuana, we want you,” he said. “We are going to provide an opportunity for a way up and a way out.”

    The event at Historic King Solomon Baptist Church, 6100 14th in Detroit, begins at 10 a.m. Saturday and features job placement organizations, GED training and counseling for criminal record expungement.

    There is a third prong in the anti-violence initiative. Williams is calling on politicians to make jobs their no. 1 priority.

    “We are calling the mayor, we are calling on city Council, we are calling all of those who seek to run for political office in this coming year that if your plan does not include jobs, then you are of no use to use,” the reverend said. “If you want violence to go down in this city, then you create good working jobs. And they don’t have to be college-education jobs. We just need simple, I-can-work-for-30-years-and-retire jobs… and that is not available in the city of Detroit.”

    Williams said city leaders, namely Detroit Mayor Dave Bing and City Council, fail to utilize the dollars available to the city to their utmost potential.

    “I don’t have any compassion for them,” he said. “You know how much Community Development Block Grant money we send back to the federal government? That could be given back to ta community organization that shovels snow for seniors.

    “Obviously we clean the streets for the city of Detroit downtown; why don’t we do it in the neighborhoods?… We have the opportunity as a city to create thousands of jobs.”

    Williams II also talked about leveraging the billions of investment dollars at the disposal of the city’s pension funds to create opportunity. He says those investments should support economic activity that stimulates Detroit’s economy not only the funds’ bottom lines.

    “You cannot just lean on banning the assault weapon and gun restrictions and not talk about spreading the love.”

    Here are three messages from Rev. Charles Williams II sent using the #DETlove hashtag Monday:

    • Much #detlove to sclarkwxyz spread the love, show the love, be the love
    • @samriddle: #Detroit Street Swag Gets Young Black Males Killed” spread the #detlove
    • #detlove is underway what act are you committing to show love and spread the love, be love @mlive_detroit
    Detroit– Last week Detroit Crime Statistics hit an all time high for 2012. The City of Chicago hit 500 murders last week, Aurora Colorado, saw violence again where four where killed, all of this happens on the heels of the violent act in Newtown, Connecticut. Activist, clergy and community members announce a campaign in Detroit today to kick off a new anti-violence campaign that seeks to change the culture of the community and highlight positive action of Detroiters using twitters #detlove
    This article originally posted on M Live
    Rev. Charles Williams II represents the next generation of civil rights leadership, as the President of the Michigan Chapter of the National Action Network, Executive Board member of PFAW’s: African American Ministers Leadership Council, the President of the Detroit Faith based community organization: MOSES a Gamaliel Foundation affiliate, and the proud pastor of the Historic King Solomon Baptist Church of Detroit where Malcolm X recorded message to the grassroots. Rev. Williams has appeared on CNN, MSNBC and is a Huffington Post Blog Contributor

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