Community groups to host wellness festival in Altadena in response to recent violence in the area – Pasadena Now
An Altadena-based community group dedicated to violence reduction in Pasadena and Altadena is teaming up with other organizations to hold a health and wellness festival at Loma Alta Park in Altadena on Saturday to help unite local neighborhoods affected by a recent increase in gun violence in the past two weeks.
MyTribeRise is in partnership with Altana City Council, Side Street Project, Altadena Safe Streets, Pasadena Black Pages, United We Stand Up, Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation, Cities of Altana and Pasadena and others to host Activate Peace at the Park Festival from noon to 4 p.m. at the park, 3330 N. Lincoln Ave., according to the executive director and co-founder of MyTribeRise Heavenly Hughes.
The event aims to unite the communities of Altadena and Pasadena, as well as the different generations within the communities, in a positive environment in light of a recent increase in shootings in the region, organizers said.
The Pasadena and Altadena area saw at least 12 shootings between Oct. 22 and Monday, leaving one dead and seven injured, officials from the Pasadena Police Department and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said.
“We know we’ve seen an increase in violence in our area of Pasadena and Altadena, and this event is specifically aimed at bringing Pasadena and Altadena together,” Hughes said.
“We have to be the example of peace no matter how much we see things that we don’t like to see in our community,” she said. “We need to be an example of what we would like to see in our community. “
The festival will feature a game of smushball, live performances, motivational speaker, arts and crafts, yoga, a skating and biking class, food trucks, information booths and “a host of activities. ‘intergenerational activities,’ said Hughes.
“We really think it is important for our elders to be able to reach out to our young people so that we can give them wisdom and knowledge, so we want to reach out to our elders and our elders with our young people so that we can start having a dialogue that creates really fix links. “
The festival is meant to be “a space where we can talk to each other,” according to Hughes.
“People are suffering. People are being shot. People are afraid to be on the streets, ”she said.
“People, I think, who are in this rivalry right now, sometimes they just need someone to show them that there are other options in life than fighting each other. Some people call it gangbang. We have to reach them through our example. And we think if we reach one, teach one, then that person will reach one, teach one, “Hughes said.
“This event will have Bloods and Crips during the event showing how they can work together in one space from Altadena and Pasadena and be productive and give back to the community,” she said.
Saturday’s festival is part of MyTribeRise’s “Peace in the Park ‘Dena’” campaign, which has been running for several months, according to Hughes.
Dorothy Wong, a member of the Altadena City Council, who is also a founding member of Altadena Safe Streets, said it was essential for residents to feel safe when moving around the area.
Taking the example of herself, she said, “When I need to cycle safely from Altadena to Pasadena, I rely on safe streets and trails to access, say, the system. Gold Line in order to connect me. So the connection, and then the intentional multicultural connections, the intergenerational age connections, are really important. This is why we are organizing this particular event, ”she said.
“Residents want to feel a sense of security around the park,” Wong said. “And so it comes down, in my humble opinion, to how we engage, we connect and we understand each other.”
“We are also trying to focus on certain mobility and road safety issues,” she said.
Importantly, Hughes said the message she hoped the festival would get was that “we are part of a community that loves each other”.
“No matter what we see with this increase in violence, we love each other. We have compassion for each other and we want people to have a sense of peace, ”she said. “We want them to feel that they can occupy and activate their community without being afraid, without being in a space where there is a lot of tension.
More information about MyTribeRise is available on the organization’s website at mytriberise.org.
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