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Mothers Call for Peace, an End to Gang Violence

THURSDAY, MAR. 5, 2015 -- Mothers who have lost their children to gang violence last week bravely spoke out for peace, asking young men to put down their guns.

"What I want is for everybody -- all gang members and not gang members -- I just want you guys to put your guns down. And, instead of putting your arms up to shoot somebody, wrap your arms around somebody,'' pleaded Gizelle Holiman, whose son took his own life when cornered by police.

Mayor Charlie Hales praised the women for their courage. "Speaking as a parent, as well as mayor, I offer my heartfelt condolences to the Holiman family. I can’t say enough about the bravery displayed in speaking out today for peace in the community. We all start from this position: Too many Portlanders are threatened by violence. The violence has to stop. It will take a combination of hard work, faith and bravery to stop this destructive cycle. Let us look to the Holiman Family as inspirations for this work." 

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