Why Activists Camped Out In One Of Their City's Most Dangerous Areas

Homicides spiked in Cleveland, but the violence is especially concentrated in the city's eastern neighborhoods.

By Melissa Prax | October 12, 2016

These activists camped in one of their city's most dangerous areas for 72 hours to take a stand against violence.

"There's been a lot of homicides that have taken place over here. Not only am I upset about police against black violence, but I'm also upset about black-on-black violence," organizer Basheer Jones said.

Last year, Cleveland had more homicides than it had in nearly the past decade.

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Most of the violence happens in Cleveland's eastern neighborhoods, which is where the activists camped out.

"Everyone deserves a right to walk peacefully through their neighborhoods," Jones said.

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