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Downtown rally planned Friday on violence, other urgent issues facing Buffalo

Apparently stung by a recent wave of shootings, including the wounding of an 8-year-old boy last week, community groups will rally in Niagara Square on Friday to tackle violence and other urgent issues facing Buffalo.

“Buffalo’s Pre-Labor Day Solidarity Movement Rally” will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. and feature speakers from PUSH Buffalo, the Stop the Violence Coalition, the Puerto Rican Committee for Community Justice and the Niagara Frontier Movement for the Advocacy of African-American Human Rights.

Among the other groups to be represented are New Yorkers Against Gun Violence, the Buffalo Peace Center, Powers in Numbers and the Buffalo Anti-Racism Coalition.

More than 15 groups will be on hand “to hold an informational and educational rally to mobilize the community to work together to try to find solutions for the killings, shootings and maiming of Buffalo’s residents, especially innocent women and children, as they sit in cars or walk down the street,” organizers said in announcing the event.

Topics to be discussed include level of shootings and unsolved homicides, unsafe sidewalks and streets in the city, lack of jobs and training opportunities for minorities, lack of community benefit agreements and other neighborhood investment initiatives, gentrification, the high cost of rental units and inadequate education and resources, Erie County Legislator Betty Jean Grant, D-Buffalo, said in an email announcing the event.

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