Solidarity in Savannah: Protesters for Peace

Published: Aug. 14, 2015 at 3:36 AM EDT|Updated: Sep. 13, 2015 at 3:57 AM EDT
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Can a string of recent shootings finally convince neighborhoods like yours, to join in the fight to stop the violence? It certainly did Thursday night.

A grassroots movement called Solidarity in Savannah is relatively new, but, it's taking a crime fighting message to the street every time the bullets fly.

As they have done following shootings around town, Solidarity in Savannah posted up near the spot a man was found shot to death with homemade signs to help make a point.

"No more killing, enough is enough. No more killing. No more killing," chanted Troy Smith, while he held up a sign to passing cars that read, 'A shooting happened here today. It could be your doorstep next...'

But achieving an end to the violent crime that left a man dead just down the street from Smith's home is viewed by some as a tall order. So a grassroots movement called Solidarity in Savannah has decided to make its frustration very public.

"For the most part, there's a lack of care for human life right now. It saddens me. It's heartbreaking," said Ylana Abbott, Director of Solidarity in Savannah.

Abbott said her group is trying to take a public health approach, addressing violent crime in Savannah like a disease, and educating people about it's harmful affects on everybody.

Abbott said, "This is who it affects, it's the neighbors here, it's the children here. For instance, this morning when the body was out here, it was uncovered for a while. I was concerned about it being closer to school time, the children would see this."

Like Smith's children, who saw all of the aftermath.

"My kids had to see that, a dead man on the ground. They never saw that before in their life, that was the first time," said Smith.

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