Heather Perkins (Aldrich)
Milwaukeeans will descend on the Father James E. Groppi Unity Bridge to march for a safer Milwaukee kicking off the Bridge Project.
An organized group of dozens of community organizations (with no one group at the helm). It’s important to everyone that this is a collective project but here are just a few of the groups involved: Safe & Sound (which operates in 21 neighborhoods), the Medical College of Wisconsin’s Violence Prevention Initiative (representing 29 agencies), the City of Milwaukee Office of Violence Prevention, and the City of Milwaukee Police Department, along with other community based organizations, businesses, and faith based organizations.
The Bridge Project is a campaign to inspire Milwaukeeans to unite for violence prevention. Bridges have long been symbols of making connections; not just connecting two masses of land, but also connecting people. The launch of the Bridge Project is meant to do just that, connect people of goodwill – youth and adults – who are working on activities all across Milwaukee to build bridges of peace and non-violence.
The Father James E. Groppi Unity Bridge (the 16th Street Viaduct), the historic location of “freedom marches” for fair housing in the 60’s has long been considered a symbolic divide for the city. People will march from both the North and the South sides, collecting at the Canal St. bridge exit and then descending down Canal Street for a program (see red star for program location) with speakers, poets and entertainers.
THE BRIDGE PROJECT
BRIDGE PROJECT MILWAUKEE.ORG
April 12th, 2014. Groups will assemble at 9:30am and the march will begin at 10am. A program with speakers, poets and entertainers will begin at 11:10am on Canal Street.
The Bridge Project will engage youth and adults from across Milwaukee to create hope, inspire unity and build community in an effort to prevent crime and violence.
COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT THROUGHOUT 2014: The Bridge Project will encourage Milwaukeeans to serve as bridges to non-violence in their community. Organizations, communities and individuals are encouraged to organize bridge projects and submit them to The Bridge Project Milwaukee website throughout the year. Awards will be presented at the end of the year to outstanding Milwaukee bridge builders. Bridge builders can be nominated on the Bridge Project Milwaukee website.
The Bridge Project Music Video
The Bridge Project music video, “United We Must Stand,” was created by Milwaukee youth as an anthem for the Bridge Project. The final scenes will be filmed during the march. The video will premiere in June.
Heather Perkins (Aldrich)
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