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Cedar Valley clergy stress 'stop the violence'

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More than 100 clergy members and city leaders from Waterloo and Cedar Falls came together Thursday to talk about how to combat violence here and afar.

The group signed a petition called a "Plea for Liberation from Fear and Violence."

The goal is to come up with a concrete plan to make life better and safer in the community.

Part of that includes giving young adults something to do.

"Our plan is to create an educational, cultural complex that might center many activities for young people and adults in general," said Rev. Abraham Funchess, Jubilee United Methodist Church and Executive Director of the Waterloo Human Rights Commission.

Members of the group put pen to paper as a symbol of their togetherness for the cause, signing the petition.

"So we need broad philanthropic support as well as other collaboration across leadership circles so that we can come together and try to get to the bottom of the violence that pop up in our community," said Abraham Funchess, Waterloo Commission on Human Rights.  

Bob Waters contributed to this report.

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