'A Mother's Pain' addresses gun violence in Jersey City
A group of mothers in Jersey City who have suffered losses in their families due to gun violence are hoping to turn their grief into something positive.
The group known as A Mother's Pain says they are fed up with the nearly 20 murders in Jersey City so far this year. They also say the community needs to face the issue of violence that takes their children head-on.
"The code that they [are] living by is either kill or be killed and that's crazy," says Hessie Williams, who lost her son in August when he was fatally shot during a school event.
At the gathering, speakers said that the violence they live through hardly ever grab national headlines or spark rallies. They say they will be there for each other to share stories, mourn the lost and demand justice.
"Mentally, I'm not going to be healed. Spiritually I'm not going to be healed," says Annie McCord. "We're here together trying to get help for one another to heal together. I lost my son in 2015. I haven't been the same."
The group hopes to bring attention to the gun violence issue and cause political change.