Russell Simmons Recruits Jay-Z for ‘Stop the Violence’ Rally
On March 28 in Trenton, N.J., a 15-year-old girl sold herself and her seven-year-old sister for sex at a party. A group of five men, ranging from 13 to 20-years-old have already been arrested for touching and raping the child, and police are on the search for two more known suspects in the incident. This news has sent a shock wave through America, and the hip-hop community is particularly stepping up its response. This Saturday, April 10, at 7PM, Russell Simmons is hosting a “Stop the Violence” rally in Trenton and hopes to draw major attention to the crime and sexual violence in today’s society.
The event, located The Lighthouse Outreach ministry, will sport an appearances from Jay-Z and the Reverend Al Sharpton, along with taped messages from Ludacris, Public Enemy‘s Chuck D and Trenton native Wise Intelligent of Poor Righteous Teachers fame.
“We are not finished, because everyone that was responsible was not arrested,” said Douglas Planer, Trenton’s mayor, during a press conference. “The police will not rest until we get every individual that’s involved in this.” Despite his determination Planer is planning on sitting the rally out, saying he’s tired of the marches, protests and rallies. “I’m going to spend that time being a father to my daughter,” he told The Trentonian. “When I decide what needs to be done, it will be something that is sustainable.”
The rally is free to the public. Tickets will be available at the Lighthouse Outreach Ministry starting April 6.