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Mayor speaks out as Birmingham battles violence

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BIRMINGHAM, AL -

 After the recent amount of homicides in Birmingham, community members came together to try to combat violence for "save our youth day"  today.

The "Parents Against Violence Foundation" hosted  the event at the "Central Park Recreation Center."

Parents brought their children to sign a violence-free promise and received a free t-shirt for doing  so.

There were also opportunities for high school drop-outs to sign up for GED classes and job opportunities to keep youth off the streets.

Event organizers say they hope to curtail the violence that she's seen over the past few months.

Birmingham Mayor William Bell wants kids to have other outlets besides violence. "We use the entertainment format to get their attention but it's an important message we want to share with each and every one of them as well as their parents."

There have been 39 homicides in Birmingham , this year.

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