Group starts year with new ideas to fight crime

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DANVILLE, Ill. (WCIA) — After two murders this month and another shooting Wednesday night, Moms Demand Action is getting conversation to try to turn things around.

There were 12 murders in Danville last year and the city could be seeing a similar trend just days into the new year. 

The meeting started with an update on what Moms Demand Action considers a win.

Governor J.B. Pritzker signed a law putting stricter rules on gun dealers.    

While the organization finds wins through legislation, they’re ready to see those same results trickle down to safe streets in Danville.

“We’re going to continue to work and we’re going to continue to be out here. What we do need is our community. We need other people to jump into the fight,” says Moms Demand Action Leader, Teresa Taylor. 

Some of the community met with members of Moms Demand Action to pitch ideas.

Those thoughts ranged from job corps, building a better relationship with police, creating a list of resources and a drug treatment and recovery center in Danville.

What the group learned, is some of their ideas will cost money which is not readily accessible, but they’re optimistic that teaming up with other groups and the city will help make the necessary changes.

“I know a lot of people say yall out there yall doing things and things have not changed. It has. We might not see those small changes. We may have changed one mind. One person out of all those marches. So I want people to look at us and think hope. Don’t give up and we just  need you. If we’re doing something wrong it’s because we don’t have you,” says Taylor.

Two aldermen were there gathering feedback and ideas. Sherry Pickering is one of them. She serves ward three and is a member of Moms Demand Action.

She’s able to understand the city’s perspective and has a citizen’s viewpoint. 

“To bring people together that have different views like they do. So I think that’s the whole problem. We’ve got to bring people together to get this problem solved,” says Pickering. 

Pickering hopes even with all the brainstorming,the city can see a difference.

“We can come to these meetings. We can talk about it. We have to get people to volunteer. We have to get action or nothing will be done,” states Pickering.

Moms Demand Action wants a diverse group of people to meet with them for different views. They meet every third Thursday of the month. It’s held on the second floor of the Danville Public Library at 6 P.M. Meetings are scheduled for an hour. 

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