Macon anti-violence campaign continues

lfabian@macon.comJuly 8, 2014 

Community peace advocates are continuing the #Macon30 campaign originally launched in June to stop the killing for a month.

Campaign organizer Danny Glover held a news conference Monday evening to mark 33 days without a homicide and pledge to continue the fight.

"Peace is a constant and vigilant process that we all have to do," Glover said while flanked by a handful of supporters.

Glover spoke at the entrance to Colonial Terrace Apartments at 3775 Houston Ave. where the community's last homicide victim was fatally shot after 11 p.m. June 4.

Majesty Conover, 19, died early the next morning.

His death marked the fourth homicide in about a week.

Arika Jarrell, Ralph Heard and Terrance Dent died in a shootout during an early morning robbery ambush at Jarrell's home the week before.

Glover's campaign, fueled by social media, launched in response to those killings.

"We're excited about Macon30. Macon60 is on the way. Macon77 is on the way. We're going to keep this thing going," Glover said.

The organizers are prepared to visit neighborhoods and help residents organize cleanups and form neighborhood watch groups.

They plan to create a "beef hotline" with an 800 telephone number to aid in finding peaceful solutions to disputes.

"They don't want to be a snitch, they don't want to call police. They can call this beef hotline that will be staffed by mediators from around the city," Glover said.

Those volunteer counselors will serve as disinterested parties to ease tensions and resolve differences as the group strives to continue the anti-violence streak.

"Our campaign was a success, but it's a continuing success," Glover said. "Our job doesn't end here. There is much more to be done."

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