Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Rankin-Area Churches, Nonprofits Plan to 'Take Back Our Streets'

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Rankin-Area Churches, Nonprofits Plan to 'Take Back Our Streets'

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A group of social service agencies and churches in the Rankin area are hosting a community outreach event this weekend to "take back our streets."

Ralonda Robertson and Calvin Murphy of the Rankin Christian Center said Mon Valley residents have grown weary of the constant violence. Mr. Murphy noted that a lot of nonprofits and religious organizations want to help, but they need to work together. "Everyone wants to do their own thing, but it's not working," he said.

Ms. Robertson said the United Front Praise & Faith Community Day, spearheaded by the Christian center and Emmanuel Baptist Church in Rankin, will be the "first of many" across the Mon Valley. She said she hopes the events foster unity in an area that has struggled economically and with drugs and violence.

It's been a particularly bloody year in Allegheny County: As of last week, 74 homicides had been committed in the county since January, compared with 76 in all of 2011, according to the medical examiner. …

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