The goal of “Day of Hope” is to unite the efforts and resources of multiple civic and religious groups to reverse the city’s growing cycle of violence. Baltimore Police Chief Melvin Russell is one of the organizers.

“What we’ve done is put out a clarion call for all those who are doing great work,” Russell explained. “Can’t we come together and do things collaboratively so we can start chasing the darkness out of our city?”

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