‘Taking Back Pine Bluff’ to continue effort this weekend

Angelia Guynn and John James of Pine Bluff will continue to promote their effort entitled, “Taking Pine Bluff Back,” and urge residents to join them in taking a stand against crime and violence. They have been organizing meetings, rallies and protests since the Nov. 13 shooting outside the Three Gables nightclub that left one man dead and three wounded.

“We will be on the streets every weekend at different intersections and ‘high crime spots’ in the city for two hours per weekend. We will spend one hour Friday night from 11 p.m. - 12 a.m., holding ‘Citizen Watches’ at different high crime areas and Saturday from 12 noon - 1 p.m. holding ‘Unity Rallies’ at major intersections,” James said.

This will enable residents to patrol their own streets in conjunction with police efforts, James said.

“We feel that if other concerned citizens come out to support these efforts the crime and murder rate will drop. Then our local government will have more leverage to negotiate to bring jobs back to our city. We are simply trying to encourage an environment to where the people that are doing the right thing can continue to do so knowing that they have the support of the entire community,” he said.

Participants will meet at a car wash on University Drive at 11 p.m. for the citizens watch and Saturday at the intersection near Walmart from noon to 1 p.m.