Thousands of Phila. men pledge to patrol for peace
By Vernon Clark
The Philadelphia Inquirer
PHILADELPHIA — Declaring a new day in the struggle to reduce crime and violence in the black communities of Philadelphia, civic, community, government and religious leaders yesterday urged thousands of black men to step forward to help patrol streets.
At an event billed as "A Call to Action: 10,000 Men" at the Liacouras Center in North Philadelphia, nearly 10,000 men — most of them dressed in black — gathered to volunteer to be "peacekeepers" in their communities. Many were lined up at tables with sign-up forms. A number already had registered online, organizers said.