Sunday, April 14, 2019
Florida Catholic staff - Florida Catholic
MIAMI | Archbishop Thomas Wenski on March 24 visited the site of Operation Hunger Strike, a protest of gun violence in urban communities staged by nine men affiliated with a group called The Circle of Brotherhood.
The Hunger 9, as they call themselves, wanted to call attention to the high number of people killed and maimed by gun violence in places such as Miami's Liberty City, where they staged the three-week strike.
According to a spokesman quoted by WSVN 7 News at the start of the strike, their goal is “number one, to plead to those who are shooting to put the guns down. Number two, to reach the hearts and minds of the community with honest dialogue and also bring national and international attention to the need for more resources to combat urban gun violence.”
The men ended their strike March 29, saying the news and social media attention had made a difference.
“I think it's already changed, we are seeing a change already because people are actually talking about it,” Leroy Jones, one of the protesters, was quoted as telling Local10 News.