Columbus, Ga- It’s been 13 months since Pastor Delta Outley says she answered God’s calll to start Standing Against Violence Education, better known as “SAVE-” an anti-violence organization aimed at providing solutions to what has become an alarming rise in violent crime throughout the Valley. Outley says Monday night’s forum is more than about dialogue-it’s a call to action.
“We’ll take documentation- a letter- and make sure that everybody in the community know what we talked about and information on what is going on,” says Outley. “The difference is that we’re gonna take the solutions and try to implement them in our program.”
“We have to create a dialogue for change,” adds Bobby Meadows, Chief Strategic Officer of SAVE. “And we feel strongly that if today was not gonna happen, tomorrow will. It’s going to happen, the change will take place.”
Several city leaders were present to listen to the concerns from members of the community as well as stories from survivors of loved ones lost to gun violence.
There have been 23 gun related deaths in Columbus since the start of 2018. Leaders from SAVE say they’re working to ensure a Columbus that’s safe for all.