A number of outraged community groups gathered on the steps of the Bronx County Courthouse in the South Bronx on Sunday, November 22, just a few short blocks from Yankee Stadium. The rally was an expression of outrage, a call for action against the recent gun violence that has plagued communities like the South Bronx. This rally was organized by Ernesto Maldonado, the new leader of the recently established Citizens Action Network Iesha Sekou of Street Corner Resources, Harlem Pastor Vernon Williams, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, and a host of other community and church leaders spoke at the gathering. The rally came at the tail end of a week that saw two innocent bystanders shot. Grandmother Sadie Mitchell was killed when an 18-year-old inadvertently fired a bullet through her window, and innocent bystander 14-year-old Vada Vasquez was shot in the head as she was caught up in a gang shooting.
A similar national day of outrage rally, organized by Al Sharpton’s National Action Network, took place in Time Square the next day.