News release: Second annual March Against Murder begins at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 23, 2022 in Cully

April 22, 2022
  • Second annual March against Murder will be in the Cully neighborhood.
  • Gathering begins at 1 p.m. at Fernhill Park on NE 42nd and Killingsworth and marching to Khunamokwst Park on NE 52nd and Alberta.
  • Speakers include local youth, family members of victims of lethal violence, community organizations and public officials doing the grassroots work to reduce the number of homicides in our community. 

The Multnomah County Health Department’s Prevention and Health Promotion unit is partnering with Royal Harris to hold the March Against Murder on Saturday, April 23, 2022. This event is an opportunity for Multnomah County residents to unite and stand against the use of murder as a legitimate form of conflcit resolution. 

Violence prevention is a priority for the Health Department and Multnomah County. In the Public Health Division; Prevention and Health Promotion’s programs focus on violence prevention from intimate partner violence to gun violence, to gender and identity-based violence, to racially motivated violence. Violence, like many public health issues, impacts all communities. These impacts are often rooted in our cultural inability to resolve conflict without violence becoming a legitimate response.   

At the invitation of residents of the Cully neighborhood, on Saturday April 23 at 1 p.m. participants will meet at Fernhill Park on NE 42nd and Killingsworth and march to Khunamokwst Park on NE 52nd and Alberta. The goal is to elevate the voices, experiences and concerns of our Cully neighborhood youth and residents who have been the victims and survivors of community violence. Most importantly, this event is a platform for individuals and organizations working with our youth to share how they are working to end the use of violence and murder as legitimate forms of conflict resolution. 

March Against Murder started in 2021 as an idea born out of a conversation about the unprecedented level of lethal violence occuring in Multnomah County. The first March Against Murder rally and march brought over 200 men and women together, standing in solidarity against the premeditated taking of life in all forms as a way to resolve conflict. 

Since that initial gathering, March Against Murder has become a city-wide movement that has united the residents of Multnomah County in standing against the taking of human life as a way to resolve conflict, large or small.

Organizers want to invite individual residents, retirees, youth and adolescents, youth-serving organizations, childcare providers, schools, members of the faith community and local businesses. Violence is a critical issue facing our community and we urge everyone to come together and take a stand against it. 

Speakers for the event will include local youth, family members of victims of lethal violence, community organizations, and public officials invested in doing the grassroots work to reduce the number of homicides in our community. 

For additional information you can email MarchAgainstMurder@gmail.com or contact Royal Harris at 971-772-1045