Black Love Matters, a community task force associated with the Safe Zones initiative, marched down Lisbon Avenue with about 40 residents of Washington Park on Saturday. The march was part of a “20 weeks, 20 blocks” campaign to raise awareness of black-on-black violence with the goal of “[eradicating] violence in the Black Community.”
Ald. Ashanti Hamilton, activists and community partners gathered near 27th and Atkinson to announce the beginning of a “Safe Zones” initiative to address violence, neighborhood conditions and other issues within the black community in the city of Milwaukee. The initiative, which employs the idea of H.O.O.D. ambassadors (Helping Others Obtain Direction), will launch four initial “Safe Zones” at 23rd and Brown, 1st and Keefe, 27th and Center and 52nd and Hampton. Partners are seeking funding through the federal “Promise Zones” program.