Anti-violence vigil to be held in Providence on Monday

The Alternatives to Violence Project (AVPRI) is a worldwide movement dedicated to teaching conflict resolution.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE)- After a significant uptick in street crime throughout various Rhode Island communities, one anti-violence group is heading to Providence on Monday night to try to influence change.

This vigil is set to take place at Billy Taylor Park in Providence at 6:40 p.m. Monday. Less than two weeks ago, two people were shot at this park in broad daylight.

The group, called The Alternatives to Violence Project (AVPRI), is a worldwide movement dedicated to teaching conflict resolution in a fun and innovative way not only for individuals, but also for groups in larger settings.

Em McManamy, a spokesperson for AVPRI, says there’s no better time to bring a new way to deescalate crime in our community, This comes especially as we head into upcoming summer months where COVID-19 restrictions are being lifted in most places, leading to more and more people leaving their homes.

McManamy says a large goal of this program is to help juvenile generations.

Also helping organize the vigil is Reverend Howard Jenkins with the Bethel African American Methodist Episcopal Church in Providence. Jenkins says, this vigil is a good place to start but there is a lot of change that needs to happen throughout society to make a difference.

“We as adults need to be examples. We need to make sure we are setting moral values,” Jenkins adds.

AVPRI says they plan to continuously hold vigils throughout the summer not only here in Providence, but in other communities throughout the state.

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