MASON CITY – A local organizer is planning a cross-town walk in Mason City on National Peace Day to promote peace and “reverse horrible things” that she says are happening here.
“Based on recent events in our community, the rise on violence have become (at an) all time high. This needs to stop!” says event organizer Deoshea Leaman. She created an “event” using social media and has invited nearly 2,000 people to participate on Monday, September 21 at 6 PM in what she calls the “Choose Peace, Stop Violence Community Walk”. The event is planned to start “at Sears parking lot and end at baseball diamonds at north end of town”.
As of Monday morning, 127 people have committed to attend, with several dozen saying “maybe”.
In further explaining the need for this community peace walk, Ms. Leaman said “We as a community need to come together and bring peace! In regards to these tragic events, we have decided to do a peaceful get together. A walk to end violence, a walk to start peace. We need to start a trend to reverse these horrible things happening. There are children in this community! They are watching and learning. This isn’t the way they should grow up. We all have a past we may or may not regret. But things shouldn’t be like this!! In memory to all we have lost, this walk is a reminder that no matter what we can lose someone in matter of seconds. Let’s come together and being peace! It starts with you!”
Ms. Leaman, who said “children need role models”, suggested that those who might attend make t-shirts that say “stop the violence”. She was also a co-founder of a previous group called “Fed Up North Iowa” that attempted to organize to bring awareness and promote peace. That effort was met with enthusiasm from some and skepticism by others.
Mason City police did not immediately respond to questions from NIT as to whether they were aware of the peace walk and if they would help organizers have a safe path to the North End.
There is a Facebook page set for the event, located here: