Community gathers for Push for Peace event in downtown Mobile

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MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) – It was a lot of fun performing in Cathedral Square for this year’s Push for Peace event.

It was about spreading peace, love and unity throughout the community.

There was dancing, singing and lots of fun to promote peace.

The event brought together people from different communities who all have the same goal.

“We’re all about community, we’re all about family, we’re all about ministry, love and unity,” said event organizer Dannie Pledger.

Husband and wife, Dannie and Danielle Pledger of Sparkle Productions Inc. created the event in 2013 to be proactive against violence. Pledgers know that it can take a village to make a real change.

“We know it’s all about people and we want to bring people together so that when we come together we’re stronger and smarter and that’s what it’s all about,” Dannie said.

“And we also want individuals to make a commitment to agree to use your influence with those closest to you, to talk to your children, to talk to your neighbor, to talk to your friends, not just violence but gun safety,” Danielle said.

A local rapper who experienced a tragic event when he was younger due to violence said he turned that pain into music, spreading strong messages promoting peace within his community.

“I’ve always been a big believer and supporter of that, every time they call me whatever I can do I try to do it like a lot of kids look at me and look at us and I try to do something positive and show them the right way,” said T-man Lett.

With a downward trend in violence in the city, Mobile Police Chief Paul Prine said events like Push for Peace make a difference and the city needs more of these events to keep the service going. police support them.

“Well, I think it’s important, that the police department be involved because we’re part of the community and many times over the years it’s the community here and the police department here but it’s not It’s not, the police department is the community and that’s why I supported our presence here,” Prine said.

Positivity filled the cathedral square as everyone had fun supporting a strong and important message. Donors say it’s a show of love and the change people want to see happen.

“It feels good to know that we are here together as a community fighting for peace and that we are all working together for a common goal,” Danielle said.

This is the ninth year of the event. The Pledgers said they hope to continue the event for many more years.

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