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Category: Rallys, marches, meetings

Jan.
29th

Moment of blessing scheduled for Jayden Wayman

Local clergy will hold a Moment of Blessing next month at the scene where 3-month-old Jayden Thomas Wayman suffered fatal injuries in a car wreck Sunday.

The ceremony for Jayden will take place at 10 a.m. Feb. 11 at the intersection of 20th Street East and 70th Avenue East in Fife, Associated Ministries announced today.

He died Tuesday from injuries suffered when the car he was riding in was struck by another vehicle. The driver of the second car has been charged with vehicular homicide and other crimes.

Associated Ministries created the Moment of Blessing ceremony as a

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May
2nd

Port militarization protesters rally in Tacoma

They called us and sent out this press release after everyone here went home. It’s not clear if there were any arrests but I didn’t notice anything when I checked the jail roster this morning.

Port Militarization Resisters detained by police

BREAKING NEWS:

LAKEWOOD, WA — As citizens converge on Fort Lewis to resist the deployment of Stryker vehicles to Iraq and Afghanistan, police have stepped up their interference with the legal activities of activists and bystanders. As of 11:40 pm, police have stopped numerous vehicles and detained and questioned their drivers and passengers.

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Sep.
2nd

Mega anti-crime march planned for Friday

Twelve neighborhood groups will take to the streets Friday in what is being billed as the biggest and most collaborative demonstration against crime in Tacoma.


The purpose of the demonstration is to send a message to criminals to get out and to enhance the people’s awareness of crime in their neighborhoods and the community, Safe Streets reported.


The participating Safe Streets groups are:



* South Yakima Citizens Neighborhood Group and Fern Hill Neighborhood Watch Group.


* Larchmont Safe Streets Neighborhood Group and Upper Pacific Avenue


* Wapato Group and Stewart Heights Neighborhood

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July
26th

Residents to march against crime along Pacific Avenue

Tacoma residents will come together tonight to march along the southern end of Pacific Avenue and bring attention to ongoing problems with drugs, gangs and prostitution.


The March Against Crime starts at 6 p.m. Participants will walk along Pacific from South 96th Street to South 72nd. The event is being organized by the Larchmont Safe Streets Block Group


Other Safe Streets groups will participate, including the Lincoln LAWG, Fern Hill Park Alliance Safe Streets and Upper Pacific Avenue groups.


Residents have seen some improvement along the stretch but want to maintain public awareness about the activity.

July
15th

Meth meeting TONIGHT in Buckley

Sorry for the last minute notice …


Buckley-area residents are invited to a meeting TONIGHT to hear from law enforcement officials and others about the latest news in the world of meth.


The forum is from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Buckley Multipurpose Senior Center, 811 Main Street.

May
20th

Forum to discuss minority imbalance in juvenile justice system

Safe Streets will be hosting a community forum Wednesday night to look the minority imbalance in the juvenile justice system.


The public forum, “Reducing Disproportionate Minority Contact through Community Mobilization,” will be from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the University of Washington Tacoma’s auditorium.


It’s presented by the Regional Gang Prevention Partnership, a group of prevention agencies and law enforcement representatives that are working to reduce gang activity.


According to a Safe Streets press release:


Research indicates that youth of color account for approximately 46% of the Juvenile Rehabilitation Administration’s population, which is almost

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April
9th

Crime meeting TONIGHT in Midland

Midland-area residents are invited to a town hall meeting tonight at Franklin Pierce High School to talk about crime and public safety issues in their areas.


(Sorry for the late notice. We just got an e-mail about this meeting in our inbox.)


The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. in the cafeteria at the high school, 11002 18th Ave. E. Pierce County Council members Barbara Gelman and Calvin Goings, Pierce County Sheriff Paul Pastor, Prosecutor Gerald Horne and representatives from Safe Streets will be featured.


“Public feedback is needed to help strengthen our crime fighting efforts,” a flier

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March
17th

Two discussions this week on Pierce County Jail issues

We’ve been covering the ongoing issue of overcrowding at the Pierce County Jail.


They’ll be two meetings surrounding aspects of that issue this week.


First, the Pierce County Council’s Public Safety and Human Services committee will discuss alternatives to jail at its meeting Tuesday. Those alternatives include drug court, drug treatment, electric home monitoring, day reporting, probation, work crews and others.


The meeting begins at 10:00 a.m. in the Pierce County Council Chambers, 930 Tacoma Ave. S., Room 1045.


The second meeting is Thursday at 6 p.m. at The Evergreen State College Tacoma Great Room,

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