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Stop the Violence leader talks to Exchange Club

Bishop Frederick Williams Sr., founder of the Stop the Violence organization in Dougherty County, speaks Sept. 7, 2012, to the Exchange Club in Albany.

Bishop Frederick Williams Sr., founder of the Stop the Violence organization in Dougherty County, speaks Sept. 7, 2012, to the Exchange Club in Albany.

ALBANY — Following the violent murder of his sister in 2009, Bishop Frederick Williams Sr. founded the Stop the Violence organization in Dougherty County.

“I started it to rally the community to Stop the Violence because with crime we all pay,” Williams said at the noon Friday Exchange Club of Albany meeting. “There is no race or creed to it; it is just crime.”

Speaking before the community-based club that dedicates itself to the fight against and the hoped for eradication of child abuse, Williams found an enthusiastic audience.

The speaker said that children start to turn toward crime and gangs as young as 8 years old. He said there is a lot the community can do to stop the trend.

“People are not born to do crime,” Williams said. “There is a series of events that pushes them into crime.”

Children join gangs because their family has failed them, Williams said. When the family fails to deliver love, respect and the feeling of belonging, it is up to the community to tell youths that the way to those virtues is not through gang membership.

The gang culture in Dougherty County says it is all right to steal, fight and do wrong. Because of poverty, many young people join right in, Williams said. It is normal for many not to have Christmas or birthday presents, satisfying meals or a family member to guide them. Their hope is gone.

“They grow up with no love and no protection,” Williams said. “When they grow up, they just do what they think they gotta do.”

That can change. Williams said he has succeeded in having people of all races, creeds and opinions sit down to discuss and plan more actions to turn the tide.

He invited the Exchangites and all who are interested in improving the community to come to the 10 a.m. Stop the Violence Meetings on Tuesdays at 529 10th Ave.

Comments

Sister_Ruby 2 years, 3 months ago

Who is rallying and calling the Young Black Men of this Community and all of Southwest Georgia to come back to they Godly Calling, to find a mate, to marry, to stay faithful to they Wife, to raise Children and teach them to live Righteous, to rise up early and work hard, to bring home their check to they Family, to stay away from wayward Women, to say NO to drugs (including nicotine and alcohol), to keep they pants zip up, to attend the Church of they Choice with they Family, to live within a Budget, to stand up for What's Right on they Sreet, in they Block, in they City, in they County, in they State, and in they Country? You can have all the meetings you want to with a bunch of White Guys on the Northwest side of Town or a bunch of Single Head of Household Women with five children but if you don't GO TO THE HEART OF THE PROBLEM........you just whistling past the graveyard, Brother Bishop!!

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PeterWeeStraw 2 years, 3 months ago

I am just curious do you have anything good to say about anything? Your sprit is very negative. Your comments are What do you bring besides criticism? Do you have any thing to add that will help? Make those suggestion add something to the conversation instead of taking away. Do you have a community based initiative you would like to bring to the table so maybe people can be discouraging as you are to others Sista...

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Sister_Ruby 2 years, 3 months ago

EVERYTHING I said was positive and if followed, would help everyone who did what I outlined, not to mention they spouses and childrens. If my guidelines for Living were followed, there would be NO NEED for such initiatives as Stop The Violence. But if they just ignore what I outlined.....no manner of "not for profit initiatives" will make a hill of beans of difference. Weird that you took it the opposite way......says alot about you, don't you think?

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PeterWeeStraw 2 years, 3 months ago

Sounds like you just grand standing. How many people are you leading down this glory road? Sounds like church is the only place they could go and that is not really realistic is it? I was talking about your last four lines of your post as being negative. Why don't you invite Bishop to a sit down maybe collaborate on something to improve the community. You had some good stuff to say but there is no substance there, meaning doing all these things you are in church all day. Your outline is not very realistic is it actually it is tainted because you think that you are the only that know what to do but yet you do nothing to help this man but take a cheap jab at the end of your positive thoughts it kinda take away from what you did say? That says a lot about you Sista of the word but no actions. Now that says enough bout you. Why don't you change your name to "U hate yourself", Whaaat you think?

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Sister_Ruby 2 years, 3 months ago

U don't know ME. You do something constructive.

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MRKIA 2 years, 3 months ago

SISTER RUBY HASN'T SAID ANYTHING NEGATIVE, SHE ONLY POSED A VALID QUESTION NO ONE WANTS TO HEAR THE ANSWER TO. AND IT IS TRUE THAT DISCUSSIONS AND MEETINGS HAS NEVER MADE A BIT OF DIFFERENCE. WRONG MESSAGE TO THE WRONG PEOPLE

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stc1993 2 years, 3 months ago

You hit the nail on the head sister ruby. Until this country cuts out welfare & all these entitlements these welfare queens are going to keep having children they can't feed & afford it's just going to keep getting worse. There was a joke i heard along time ago "the definition of mass confusion was fathers day in harlem".

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rorschach 2 years, 3 months ago

Thank you Bishop Williams for doing what the Lord told you to do. I pray that the Lord continues to guide you and give you visions of peace and unity in our city.

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Sister_Ruby 2 years, 3 months ago

Pray for God to bring about results. What results? See my first comment above.

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MRKIA 2 years, 3 months ago

THIS BISHOP HAS THE EXCHANGE CLUB FOR AN AUDIENCE AND TELLS OF KIDS AS YOUNG AS 8 INVOLVED IN GANG LIFE WHICH LEADS ME TO ASK: WHAT WORDS OF ADVISE DID YOU HAVE FOR THE PARENT OF THIS LITTLE GUY OR GAL? WHAT KIND OF PARENT DOES NOT HAVE FULL CONTROL OF AN 8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15 YR OLD? AN EXTENSION CORD CAN GET PLENTY OF ATTENTION FROM A YOUNGSTER WHEN PROPERLY APPLIED. IF PARENTS CAN'T OR WON'T RAISE THEIR CHILDREN THEY MIGHT WIND UP LOWERING THEM. 6FT.

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