Activist calls for more action on violence than marches

Posted at 6:32 PM, Jul 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-14 14:34:37-04

A couple groups have a message to people marching in the streets recently: Milwaukee also needs their help.

Through walking, singing and praying, they're spreading a message. They want people to do more than march to help stop the shootings and killings. 

"You have to use that energy to fight an overall fight and that's within the walls of our community," says Tory Lowe, community activist.

Lowe is on an anti-violence walk from Milwaukee to Chicago. He says the people upset about police injustice need to focus on all the violence within the community. He's helped bury 80 people of the approximately 145 people killed in Milwaukee last year - most were young black men.

"Black-on-black crime in our community is random, it's very violent," Lowe says.

A similar anti-violence message is being spread this week by Outpouring Ministry Network. It is meeting every night this week to pray for peace in the city.

"There's no one solution and that's why we are bringing a collective, collaborative effort," says Bishop Walter Harvey.

Both Lowe and Bishop Harvey say the situation in the city is more than marching in the streets. People need to make changes at home. 

"We want a non-violent summer," says Harvey.

"Let's have peace. Let's have peace in our streets," Lowe says.

Outpouring Ministry Network is hosting a Cease Fire prayer revival starts at 7 p.m. at the Solomon Temple Ministries Church at 22nd and Center Street through Friday.