Community Day celebration planned

STEUBENVILLE – The United Peace Movement will host the second-annual Community Day Family Celebration beginning at 1 p.m. Sunday at the North End Ballfield.

The event will include free food, a community picnic, face painting, family fun and a message the senseless violence in the neighborhood has to stop, according to co-organizer Dawud Abdullah.

“People also are invited to bring their own covered dish,” said Abdullah, adding the entire community is invited to the event. “It’s trying to bring peace and love back to the community. We’re hoping people will come out.”

Abdullah said this year’s event won’t feature local politicians or other speakers, except the family members, or those in the community affected by violence in some way.

“This is going to be focused on the youth,” he said. “We’re going to let people speak who have maybe lost someone to the senseless violence. They really haven’t had a platform yet.”

Abdullah said there will be some new faces at the event this year – students from the Franciscan University of Steubenville also will be attending and helping out.

“Anybody can come, of all races, creeds, religions – it’s all about peace in the community,” he said. “The United Peace Movement wants to let people know we love them, and we care for them. We’re celebrating family life.”

Abdullah said he doesn’t want anyone to get the idea the movement is celebrating the lifestyles of some of those killed in the past years in violence, but rather to give families and the community support for their loss.

“There will be a balloon launch at 3 p.m. in honor of loved ones who have been lost,” he said.