New York rappers Jim Jones, Maino, Fat Joe, Juelz Santana and more will unite this week to raise awareness on the rising gun violence rate in the Big Apple.
Details on the anti-violence march were released Monday (August 23) morning.
Rapper Jim Jones will join hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons to pound the streets of New York later in August as part of an anti-violence rally. Big Apple natives Jones and Simmons will be joined by Fat Joe, Maino, and Juelz Santana on the Tsunami of Peace: Ride, Walk & Rally Against Violence protest against the rise of gun crime in some of the city’s toughest areas. (Ace Showbiz)
The rally will hit each of New York’s five boroughs on Wednesday.
In a dramatic call to action, the organizers of the Tsunami of Peace: RIDE, WALK, & RALLY Against Violence rally will stage a mock funeral procession in all five boroughs. Dozens of Hertz vehicles (donated by local funeral homes) will assemble in each borough at 10:00 am on August 25. The vehicles will then proceed to the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge. At 12:00 noon, the community-at-large will then walk peacefully (or ride their bikes peacefully) over the bridge to Manhattan. The final destination is City Hall Park (located at Chambers and Center Street). At 1:00 pm, the Tsunami of Peace rally will begin. Supporters include Hip Hop mogul Russell Simmons, Salt (from Salt N Pepa), rappers Jim Jones, Juelz Santana, Fat Joe, Maino, and former NY Giant Michael Strahan. (Press Release)
Confirmation of the scheduled event has been made by rap entrepreneur Russell Simmons and local activist Erica Ford.
The rally will take on the appearance of a funeral procession in a bid to drive home the message that guns kill. Simmons told All Hip Hop, “We cannot accept the constant violence and death in our communities as the norm. Time to stand up.” Community activist and rally organizer Erica Ford adds, “The culture of violence is too normal in our communities. The organizers of the Tsunami of Peace rally are here to promote a culture of peace, instead. No one has all the answers, but together we can solve this problem.” (Peace FM Online)
In May 2009, T.I., Ja Rule and Reverend Al Sharpton led an anti-gun violence march in Manhattan.
The Grammy-winning artist joined the Rev. Al Sharpton at a rally honoring the memory of 13 year-old Christopher Owen and 17 year-old Cory Squires, both recently gunned down. T.I., Sharpton, rapper Ja Rule, Queen Pen and community activists marched to the spot on W. 141st St. where Squires was shot dead in a May 3 street fight. A father of six, T.I. implored kids to think before pulling a gun to settle differences, saying, “you’re not just killing a man, you’re killing a family.” (New York Daily News)
No further details have been revealed as of now.
Check out T.I. & Al Sharpton speaking out against gun violence down below: