It seems we are talking about more violence in our community each day. Local leaders have been looking for possible solutions. A call to Prayer event is set for today at 5:15pm on the front steps of Government Plaza. There will be prayer for the victims of violence. But elected leaders from Caddo Parish, The City of Shreveport and the State of Louisiana will stand in solidarity to ask you to join them in praying for victims of gun violence.

Caddo Commissioner Stormy Gage Watts will join with State Representative Tammy Phelps and City Councilwoman Tabitha Taylor will host this event. They are calling on anyone who wants to join them to show up today. They especially call on mothers and caretakers to get involved and share their concerns about the violence in our area.

Commissioner Gage Watts said, “This recent violence has affected our whole community deeply. Tragic deaths & severe injuries have become all too common. People are reeling from the impacts to health and financial stability from the Coronavirus & severe weather. The additional grief and fear as a result of gun violence makes this burden exponentially heavier. So, we are coming together, asking God and our Community to help us stand against this violence. We come together in prayer and we will leave with purpose & policies to do anything we can to stop the senseless killing and serious injury.”

Representative Phelps shared, “We hear our citizens, and we want them to know that we share their concerns. Together we are responding to our citizens’ concerns, fears and hopes.”

Councilwoman Taylor added, “In the midst of the recent violent storm, we had a storm of violence. The loss of Minnion Jackson was tragic and cut in ways beyond words. The cries of his parents will be heard. He will be deeply missed. It is my hope that the responsible party will be brought to justice quickly. Additionally, I hope that other characters that plague our community with violence will be brought to justice, like the person responsible for the recent cold-hearted shooting of a pregnant woman. As a mother and a leader, I am concerned regarding our community's safety as are my colleagues and constituents. This affects us all, and here we stand, together, in prayer for our city, the mothers who have lost their children to gun violence, and the women who care.”