Community marches for unity

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NORTH HILLS – Some 500 residents Wednesday joined a community march for unity led by a group of men carrying a colorful altar of the Virgin of Guadalupe, the patroness of Mexico and the Americas. The altar, adorned with lights and dozens of roses, was accompanied by a seven-piece brass band that played spiritual music in the Catholic procession. While the march honored the Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe, a day that has been commemorated in Mexico for almost five centuries, organizers said it brought together everyone in the community regardless of their religious beliefs. “We’re all equal, there is no separation,” said Margarita Diaz of the grass-roots group Familias Unidas de North Hills. Diaz said everyone in the community is working together to help children and teenagers prosper in a neighborhood that has seen its share of problems with gangs and violence. For now, however, the area is celebrating a decrease in violence. “There are problems, but not like there were before,” she said. Bundled up in thick coats and blankets, marchers enjoyed tacos, tamales and punch in the chilly night air. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champSenior Lead Officer Edwin Dominguez said the march, which is has grown over the 10 years, helps remind residents that most people are doing the best they can. “We’re trying to spread the word that there are good people living here,” Dominguez said. [email protected] 818-713-3329last_img read more

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