The first ever "Get Your Kids" rally against street violence is October 13 at the Kirk Park Pavilion in Syracuse. The event is from 3 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. "Discipline and respect begin in the home - I want people to come out and hear that message and be a part of the solution, not part of the problem," organizer Mary Nelson told CBS 5's Michael Benny.
Following the shocking death of an elderly Syracuse man after an unprovoked beating outside a city convenience store, the words of a woman named Worletta Clemons struck a nerve. The suspect in the beating death of 70-year-old Jim Gifford is an 18 year-old who police say has a long criminal history. Clemons told CNY Central that parents need to take more responsibility for their children, that a community of drug dealers and drug addicts was raising an entire population of urban children. Most poignantly, Clemons said: "Get Your Kids." You can click here to watch part of her plea to parents.
Children who attend the "Get Your Kids" rally will be able to get the backpacks they received at the annual Mary Nelson Youth Day Barbeque refilled with school supplies. "I want this to be big, really big. Our community needs to hear this message loud and clear. Worletta Clemons hit the nail on the head when she said 'Get Your Kids,' now we need to do it," Nelson said.