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Activist hosts community talks targeting Indy violence

INDIANAPOLIS — A local group launched a series of conversations Tuesday night aimed at ending the violence in the city.

Antonio Patton, CEO of MOVE, said he came up with the idea last year, after listening to the needs of a few young adults.

“Our job is to try to decode and get the combination into the hearts of these young men and young women,” Patton said. “Crack the heart code and make sure we take good care of it once we gain access to it.”

Patton said their goal was to talk about the role social media plays in the community and how it relates to gun violence, domestic violence and relationships.

“Kick off is just a ‘listen to it’ for 10 months and then next God’s will in 2023 we’ll come back with resources and solutions on how, you know, bring the resources, the solutions , then the ultimate goal comes back the next year, 2024, and has testimonials from all the young men and young women who have been involved in these resources,” Patton said.

Patton said they welcome everyone to every meeting, especially young adults.

The next meeting will be March 8 at 6 p.m. at Hair Above at 2102 E. 52nd St. Another meeting will be March 15 at 6 p.m. at Mo’s Barbershop at 3716 N. Sherman Dr.