Ceasefire Week begins in Milwaukee
Mayor Tom Barrett will be joined by the police chief, district attorney and members of the faith-based community
MILWAUKEE -- A week-long anti-violence initiative has begun in Milwaukee.
The police chief, district attorney and Mayor Tom Barrett were joined by members of the faith-baed community to kick off the 10th year for Ceasefire Week.
A new event for the initiative is a gun buyback program.
Weapons can be dropped off for cash with no questions asked.
Rifles or shotguns are worth a $50 bank card, handguns are worth $100 and assault weapons $200.
Members of the community have pushed the city for such a program, and now, the plea is being answered by the private sector.
Milwaukee scrap metal businesses are funding the buy-back.
Members of the faith based community learned last month all of the guns turned in will be shredded, melted down and turned into garden tools.
All of those involved know the buy back is not the ultimate solution to the city's violence, but say it's a critical start.
There are a number of Ceasefire Week events to encourage the community to step up and speak out against crime. They are:
Tuesday, May 13: Community Forum on Gun Violence, 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., City Hall Rotunda, 200 E. Wells Street
Wednesday, May 14: Milwaukee Police Spring Merit Awards, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m., Safety Academy, 6680 Teutonia Avenue
Saturday, May 17: Ceasefire Community Walk, 9 a.m. - 10 a.m., Tabernacle Community Baptist Church, 2500 W. Medford Avenue to Northside YMCA
Saturday, May 17: Gun BuyBack, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Tabernacle Community Baptist Church, 2500 W. Medford Avenue
Sunday, May 18: 10th Annual Ceasefire Sabbath, All faith communities asked to preach messages of peace
Also on Monday, the South Side's Neighborhood Ambassadors will return to the area, Milwaukee Alderman Bob Donovan said.
Wearing brightly-colored shirts, the W-2 participants gain job training and work experience while picking up litter, removing graffiti and keeping an eye out for possible criminal activity.