The annual Peace in the Northeast anti-violence community event will be held this Saturday, May 19.
The “5th Annual Peace in the Northeast Day” aims to promote peace and an end to senseless gang-violence in the communities that make up Northeast Los Angeles. Organizers include local churches, schools, police, businesses, city officials, youth oriented agencies, neighborhood councils, and local residents.
While in years past the main event was a march through area streets, this year’s activities will focus more on programming at a single location, although six local churches will hold a smaller march that will start at 12:15 p.m. at St. Bernard’s parish in Glassell Park, according to Pastor Randy Carrillo of Church of the City.
A community ceremony will kick off programming at the Sonia Sotomayor Learning Academies at 1:30 p.m. Speakers include Assembly Member Gilbert Cedillo, Councilmembers Ed P. Reyes, Eric Garcetti, and Jose Huizar, Northeast LAPD Captain William Murphy, and other community leaders.
A community resource fair, sports clinics, music and theater performances will be held from 2:30 to 6:00 p.m. at the school. Activities include mural painting, a soccer tournament, a basketball free-throw contest for kids ages 7 to 18, an art zone and a kid’s zone for children age 6 and under.
A 5k run will take place simultaneously at the Rio de Los Ángeles State Park, located a few blocks from the high school. Registration begins at 3:30 p.m., the run begins at 4 p.m., according to Heinrich Keifer, one of the event organizers and President-Elect of the Glassell Park Kiwanis Club of Greater Highland Park.
Closing words and a raffle will take place at 5:55 p.m.
For more information call Aida Cerda from Children’s Hospital Los Angeles at (323) 361-3114, Heinrich Keifer (323) 385-4935, or Dr. Stan Moore at (323) 256-1024.
Sonia Sotomayor high school is located at 2050 N. San Fernando Road, in Glassell Park.
St. Bernard’s St. Bernard Parish is located at 2500 West Avenue 33, in Glassell Park.
The programming at Sotomayor will be held in collaboration with Councilmembers Reyes, Garcetti, Huizar, Aztecs Rising, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles – Division of Adolescent Medicine, Hathaway-Sycamore Family Services, Mayor’s Office of the GRYD, Anahuak Youth Sports Association, Church of Scientology, Kiwanis International, LAPD Northeast Division, and the Northeast Faith Based Coalition.