RICHMOND -- A peace walk scheduled for Friday night is touted by organizers as the first time in recent history that peace activists will walk through rival neighborhoods to spread the message of nonviolence.

The "Ceasefire-Lifelines to Healing Citywide Walk for Peace and Healing" event is expected to draw hundreds of residents who will walk in groups and urge peaceful relations among Richmond neighborhoods, which have been at odds in the past. The event is organized by Contra Costa Interfaith Supporting Community Organization (CCISCO).

Friday's walk is the latest in a series of volunteer peace walks held since 2012 but will be the first to span neighborhoods in a single night. Violent crime and homicides have been on the decline in Richmond for several years.

"The community has been tenacious in this important work," CCISCO Executive Director Adam Kruggel said. "I believe Richmond is a powerful story and example of what is possible when the entire community begins to come together."

Marchers are set to gather at Crescent Park, 2100 Hartnett Ave., at 5:30 p.m.; Pullman Point, 2801 Pullman Ave., at 6 p.m.; New Gethsemane Church, 2100 Roosevelt Ave., at 7:15 p.m., Greater Abundant Life Ministries, 671 Ninth St.. at 8 p.m.; and New Hope Missionary Baptist, 321 Alamo Ave., at 9 p.m.

For more information, contact the Rev. Donnell Jones at 510-331-3605.

Contact Robert Rogers at 510-262-2726 or rrogers@bayareanewsgroup.com. Follow him at Twitter.com/roberthrogers.



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