'Listening Session' Aimed at Youth draws Hundreds on Milwaukee's Northside

The Sanctuary at Parklawn Assembly of God was filled with political figures, pastors, and activists Friday night. But none of them said a word.

Instead, those under the age of 24 were asked to come forward, and share their opinions on the problems facing the youth in Milwaukee.

Bishop Walter Harvey was part of more than 30 faith groups that listened to the problems. 

     "They have a purpose, they want to be heard. And when they feel that they're not heard, that frustration, that rage, is building up. It was primarily that generation that was out throwing bricks and was creating mayhem in the city, and they have the gifts within them that we need." 

The Parklawn Church sits just a few blocks away from Sherman Park, where violence erupted late Saturday night. As we move into another weekend, many left the meeting with a sense of optimism. 

      "The main thing here is we're there to listen," says Pastor Richard Schwoegler. "We're going to allow people to say what they need to say, and that's the first step of a healing process." 

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