"Mama's Against Violence" celebrates its 10th anniversary

A group dressed in red and black continued to raise awareness about violence in South Bend Saturday.

The organization, "Mama's Against Violence" gathered at the Landing Catering Hall to celebrate its 10th anniversary.

Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Police Chief Ron Teachman are committed to ending the senseless brutality and even said a few words at the event.

Folks enjoyed dinner, dessert and heard from numerous speakers about violence, especially gun violence in South Bend.

WNDU got the chance to sit down with two mothers who have been victims themselves.

Two new members of the organization "Mama’s Against Violence" were recognized Saturday, but unfortunately, it was tragedy that drove them to join the group in the first place.

“What actually brought us here is that we share a common bond and that is that we both have had sons killed in violence here in South Bend,” says Karen Taylor.

It was that loss that brought these two women together, but it’s the support of this group that helps them stay strong.

She’s been just a real rock for me along with Bobbie Wood, the founder of the organization, and I just thank God for the program,” Taylor continues.

“I truly believe in God and God has given me strength to endure my hardship and losing my children,” adds Rose Redding.

“I will never forget the first time that I found myself face to face with a woman whose son had been killed and that has happened way to many times and we have to make sure that we have answers for these woman who want to know what we are doing to keep guns of the streets, what we are doing to make sure that these kinds of violent incidents don’t happen and it’s something that I think about every day,” says Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

This group, which originally started out with just five people, will continue to bring awareness and educate youth about violence so that one day they don't have to.

The group will have its 10-year remembrance celebration and annual walk May 18th. It starts at 10 a.m. at the Charles Martin Youth Center, with the walk marching toward Howard Park.

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