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Volunteers Organize Cleanups After Riots Damage Streets, Stores

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Now, 24 hours after the violence and looting, Baltimore is moving forward.

Meghan McCorkell has more on how the community is coming together.

The day started with many neighbors turning out in their communities to help clean up the mess and heal together.

In the streets, inside local churches and throughout communities, Baltimore begins to move forward after Monday night’s violence.

“We know that we don’t have all the answers, but also part of the solution is us working together and being together on the ground,” said John Bullock, Alpha Phi Alpha.

In hard hit West Baltimore with tools in hand, neighbors came together to clean up the destruction.

“Now you’re looking at burnt down store fronts, broken glass. It’s senseless,” said Mira Keene.

Twenty-four hours after the violence, a different message is spreading.

Tuesday night, dozens of protestors march through the streets of West Baltimore, calling for peace in the city.

“This is where we live at. They destroyed where we live,” said Tia Sexton.

Now, both national and local faith leaders are coming together with the same call.

“Every brick thrown is a potential roadblock to justice for Fred Gray. We cannot do that,” said Rev. Al Sharpton, National Action Network.

And they say more need to speak up in the coming days.

“Those individuals in our community that want to step up and is tired of the violence and our communities being vandalized and things like that, it’s going to take those people to step up and say this is not the answer, this is not the way,” said Rev. Westley West, Faith Empowered Ministries.

So that Baltimore can move forward—peacefully.

Another rally is planned for Saturday afternoon in front of City Hall. Organizers say they will do everything they can to make sure it’s peaceful.

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