Davis Broadcasting Launches 'Silence for Awareness' Campaign to Combat Violence in Columbus

Davis Broadcasting Launches 'Silence for Awareness' Campaign to Combat Violence in Columbus

In efforts to raise awareness about the increasing violence in Columbus, Davis Broadcasting Inc. radio stations stop the music every Wednesday at the top of each hour for exactly one minute. This strategic pause is designed to create a moment for listeners to reflect on the crimes affecting their community and to encourage community involvement. This initiative also serves as a prelude to the Citywide Stop the Violence Volunteer Fair, where various organizations will come together to address these issues and promote collective action toward a safer community.

The idea was based on growing concern over the drastic increase in the local crime rate, according to Geniece Granville, DBI's vice president and general manager. "The severity of the situation is so bad that almost every week, a citizen in Columbus loses their life, to the point where the community is desensitized to the problem," Granville said. "Our goal is to spark conversations about what community members can do to help stop the violence. It's a moment for people to reflect on the crimes in our communities, pray for those affected, and think about the kind of community they want and how they can be a part of the solution."

The campaign began in mid-May and will continue until Wednesday, June 12th, leading up to the Citywide Stop the Violence Volunteer Fair on June 15th.

The Citywide Stop the Violence Volunteer Fair, organized by Davis Broadcasting in collaboration with television station WTVM and The Courier Eco Latino Newspaper, will take place on Saturday, June 15, 2024, from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. on the lawn of the Columbus Public Library (3000 Macon Road, Columbus, GA, 31906). These media leaders invite community groups dedicated to curbing violence to participate in this event.

Community members and organizations will set up tents and tables to showcase local initiatives and encourage volunteerism. Granville explains, "The goal is to get everyone involved in being part of the solution to the crime rate in Columbus. It's about bringing organizations together in one place where people can sign up and get involved. Someone might walk through, find an organization that resonates with them, and realize they have a talent or gift that can help."

The fair will feature music, fellowship, and community service opportunities. Organizations such as New Era Columbus, Goodwill, and Valley Healthcare are joining forces to address crime and its underlying issues, such as poverty and literacy.

The event is free for any organization with an active initiative to help stop crime or address its root causes, such as low literacy rates, homelessness, and poverty. The Davis Broadcasting website has more information about the event and how to sign up. 

Join Davis Broadcasting and its partners on June 15th to take a stand against violence and be part of the solution to create a safer, stronger community.

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