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New community activist organization emerges in Bakersfield, Mothers Against Gang Violence

New community activist organization emerges in Bakersfield, Mothers Against Gang Violence
Posted at 3:26 AM, Aug 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-14 06:26:17-04

BAKERSFIELD,Calif. — A new organization has formed in response to violence in the community.

Several local moms say they were inspired to step up and call for action after witnessing the death of George Floyd.
A group of mothers, now known as "Mothers Against Gang Violence" are coming together to try to stop the violence.
It's a new community activist group that was born out of sadness, strength, and sisterhood.

The women have all lost loved ones to gang violence and share they decided to start the group after the death of George Floyd.

"I heard him scream out for his mother and I thought to myself, [about it] at that very moment, because it moved my soul," said Xenia King, founder of Mothers Against Gang Violence.

The three-month-old group consists of 80 members so far. The group says they will be a resource of connection for those directly impacted by gang violence.

Recently, Mother's Against Gang Violence has held food giveaways and hosted several calls to action meetings in their neighborhoods.

"Right now my mission is to get as many mothers involved as we can," King said. "The more mothers involved the louder we are going to become."

The sisterhood has partnered with the Wendale Davis Foundation, which focuses on intervention and prevention for at-risk youth.

To get in contact with Mothers Against Gang Violence, click here.