Mothers of Murder Victims Pay for Billboards of their Lost Relatives
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Mothers for Justice and Equality, a Boston-based advocacy group, is sponsoring billboards around the city that carry the message that it’s time to stop the killings in minority neighborhoods.
Accompanying photos of murder victims, the billboards feature the line: “It’s Not Okay,” referring to the ongoing violence ravaging some areas of the city and the frequency with which murders go unsolved by police.
“Our goal is to wage a campaign for our children,” Monalisa Smith, founder and president of Mothers for Justice and Equality, told the Boston Globe. “We wanted to humanize them and say this is not normal, and not just about drugs and gangs. Our goal was to humanize them.”
Smith started the organization after her nephew, Eric Smith, was murdered in 2010. His case, like those of other victims featured on the billboards, remains unsolved.
To Learn More:
Mothers of Homicide Victims Target Violence With Billboards (by Dan Adams, Boston Globe)
Bullets to Billboards (by Adrian Walker, Boston Globe)
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