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Richmond Mother Plans March for Peace in Response to Recent Violence

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Journee Littlejohn is planning the Mother's United March September 20 in Whitcomb Court Journee Littlejohn is planning the Mother's United March September 20 in Whitcomb Court
RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) -

A Richmond mother is organizing a march for peace next month called Mother's United March.

Journee Littlejohn decided to start the movement following violence in Ferguson and right here at home.

"No crime can happen if we're marching our streets, and we're taking back our community,” said LittleJohn. “We decided not to take a side. We are aware there's a lot of social injustice going on, and we wanted to take it away from the negative and all of the violence that's going on in Ferguson. And we want to avoid any further violence by sending a message of peace."

Littlejohn is bringing mothers together who have lost a child to street crime. On September 20, they'll march through Whitcomb and Mosby courts.

"What greater love than a mother's love? For mothers everywhere in any community who has lost a kid to senseless crime...not just to police but by anybody who has taken an innocent life," she said.

Something people she and her neighbors at Whitcomb are all too familiar with.

"We see it every day where we live, kids losing their lives...a child got shot on Mother's Day like, it's getting ridiculous. I feel like, as a mother, no I've never lost a child, but I sympathize when I look into mike brown's mother's eyes."

Littlejohn wants to focus on peace, and talk to neighbors about social issues affecting their neighborhoods.

"We have a responsibility to our children. So if nothing else, if we can reach one family or one kid, then we did our job. And maybe we won't see our kids laying in the ground because they'll be educated on the way the world works," she said.

The march is September 20 at 9 p.m. when it's dark, because that's usually when violence happens. Everyone is welcomed, not just mothers.

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