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Marchers kick off anti-crime campaign in Longview

From Staff Reports
March 24, 2012 at 11 p.m.


A small but dedicated contingent of residents interested in seeing drugs, crime, corruption and violence booted from Longview marched Saturday to publicize their efforts.

Longview pastor the Rev. Herb Spady said the fight against drugs, corruption, violence and crime needs to be broadened beyond relying on law enforcement.

Spady, pastor with the Courageous Joshua Generation Ministry, said he hoped the event will be a starting point to spur public outcry against crime in Longview. He said getting faith-based support for such an effort just seems logical.

"We believe churches have the spiritual authority to take back our community from evil spirits," Spady said.

About a dozen marchers participated, some carrying posters, as they walked up 12th Street in South Longview toward the intersection with Young Street.

Spady said he sees Saturday's march and rally as the start of an ongoing intervention to stop criminal activity in Longview.

"The next step is creation of a group called Turn Around Longview in partnership with the mayor, the city, police and fire officials," he said. We want to identify known drug sales locations and put pressure on those people operating the sites to move out.

Spady said he hopes to launch Turn Around Longview soon.

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