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Community activist says seniors can combat the violence by taking back their neighborhoods
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Community activist and creator of the peace initiative Macon 30, Danny Glover, says seniors can combat violence by taking back their neighborhoods.

Glover's aunt and senior citizen Pearline Waters says she nearly witnessed a shooting.

"Two weeks ago I was looking out of my mama's window and I see these two young guys fighting and one pulled a gun. And I never thought about what he might do to me I just thought well he's going to hurt him. And I said young man don't do that. Please don't do that," says Waters.

She say's if she didn't speak up she could have been a witness to a murder. But instead she chose to be an advocate for peace and her nephew Danny Glover's teachings.

When asked what does take back the neighborhood mean to her she said "it means that the community gets involved with the problems that are facing this neighborhood."

Glover says the thirty day streak could have been interrupted if his aunt did not speak up, which is something he says many seniors should do. He says some are even afraid to come out on their own porches for fear of being victims in a crime.

While he does have activities planned for the youth in the community, he also wants to create a safe environment for seniors to get out and enjoy their neighborhood.

"Turn this into like a senior citizens chess and checkers park, and also a community garden so the seniors within this neighborhood and the south Macon corridor can come to this park," says Glover.

He says building a sense of community within rough neighbors is the keeping violence out.


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