BUFFALO, NY – A few dozen people spent much of the day Saturday rallying for change in the city of Buffalo. An anti-violence and peace rally was held in Niagara Square.
Organizers say the purpose of the rally is to address many of the issues plaguing Buffalo, including high unemployment, a high rate of school dropouts, and incarceration.
"We have a lot of homicides and those homicides have been African Americans killing African Americans, and a lot of that is based on the economy," Erie County Legislator Betty Jean Grant (D), one of the event's sponsors, told 2 On Your Side. "In the inner city, with an unemployment rate of 35 percent, with no jobs, you are going to resort to situations that are going to be unhealthy or on lawful."