VIDEO: Prayer warriors battle violence on Philly streets

Members of diverse faith communities took to the streets Sunday afternoon to wage a different kind of holy war – one against violence in the city’s communities.

Advocates with Operation Save Our City and The Philadelphia Prayer Clinic Church staged a peace walk at Broad Street and Girard Avenue, demanding bloodshed in Philadelphia come to an end.

“My pastor was shot and my little brother was murdered,” event organizer Rosalind Pichardo said.

Prayer Clinic pastor Desmond Byrd, who also led the rally, was shot less than two years ago during a carjacking.

Pichardo’s brother, Alexander Martinez, was gunned down in Franklinville Jan. 9 while protecting his nephew during a robbery.

His homicide remains unsolved despite a $10,000 reward for information leading to his killer.

“We’re out here to advocate in a way that can make a difference, and to make a lot of noise for peace,” Pichardo said.

 Participants certainly achieved their goal – cries of “Stop the violence!” echoed down Girard Avenue as marchers processed to a church service on North Marshall Street.

The effort is part of a growing trend of engaging religious communities in anti-violence activism.

“[Violence] is something that when people are affected by it – and a lot of people in the faith surround themselves with people who have been affected – they pray and feel the power,” Pichardo said.

“It’s one way to bring peace, to have Jesus in your life, it brings healing.

“After the murder of my brother, I definitely felt prayer was important and having faith to support you, especially in hard times, is very important.”



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

Actor Tracy Morgan wasn't wearing seatbelt in June…

By Jonathan Stempel(Reuters) - Actor and comedian Tracy Morgan and others in his limousine were not wearing seat belts when their vehicle was struck by…

National

Connected cars: Is AT&T leaving Verizon in its…

By Marina Lopes and Bernie WoodallWASHINGTON/DETROIT (Reuters) - Verizon Communications, the No.1 U.S. wireless carrier known for its widespread coverage, is falling behind its biggest…

Local

Grand jury begins hearing evidence in Eric Garner…

A grand jury began hearing evidence Monday relating to the death of Eric Garner while in police custody in July. Garner, 43, of Staten Island,…

Local

Mayor announces plan for solar panels at city…

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the planned installation of 24 new solar panels at city schools on Monday morning. The panels, a $28 million investment,…

Going Out

Taste what Lower Manhattan is cooking at today's…

The Lower Manhattan food scene has changed a lot in three years, which you can taste first hand when the neighborhood's food festival returns. On…

Television

Review: 'Selfie' tries to coast on the charm…

"Selfie" offers cute leads and some good jokes, but focuses too much on a vague distaste for social media.

Movies

Review: Jason Reitman's 'Men, Women & Children' is…

Jason Reitman's "Men, Women & Children" takes a hysterical and melodramatic look at disconnection in the digital age, turning strong actors into zombies.

Television

TV watch list, Monday, Sept. 29: 'Castle,' 'Mom'…

Tune in for the season premieres of "Castle," "Mom" and "NCIS: Los Angeles."

NFL

Ryan Quigley making a big impact for Jets…

Ryan Quigley, now in his second year as the Jets punter, had an exceptional afternoon with six punts for an average of 51.7 yards per punt.

NFL

3 positives to take from Jets loss to…

The Jets suffered another loss Sunday — 24-17 to the Lions — but the reason why it hurts so much for Jets fans is that…

MLB

Joe Girardi not confident David Robertson will return…

David Robertson was as seamless as anyone could be replacing Mariano Rivera as he converted 39 saves, with a 3.08 ERA and 96 strikeouts in 64 1/3 innings.

NBA

Carmelo Anthony preaches patience with new coach, offense

While star forward Carmelo Anthony said he’s “enthusiastic” and “optimistic” for the upcoming season, he still wants everyone — from within the locker room and…

Education

How to ace your private school interview

Getting ready for a private school interview can be daunting for many, most of whom might never have been in an interview situation before. We’ve…

Education

5 questions parents should ask while visiting private…

It can be hard to know what to look for when searching for a new school for your child. Parents considering several different schools can…

Education

3 ways to save money on college application…

With the average high school student applying to 5 or 6 schools, hefty application and test score fees can add up quickly. We’ve compiled some…

Education

Nap rooms: The latest college campus trend

College is a time filled with new experiences (and lots of schoolwork), leaving little time for students to get a good night’s rest. University of…