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Robert Soto, member of the Cody Road church in Mobile, Ala. worked with eleven area Adventist churches and other organizations to host an enditnow rally in Mobile’s downtown Bienville Square. Capitalizing on the global impact of the enditnow campaign, Soto networked with area pastors and local leaders in groups such as the Mobile County District Attorney’s Office, Penelope House, and the City of Mobile Police Department.
Pooling their resources, Soto organized a day in the park on Sabbath, August 24, 2019, for the community to come and enjoy a free lunch, kids activities, live music, and more. Attendees were informed of the prevalent dangers and current issues related to human trafficking and domestic violence. Organizers also offered resources to those that may currently be in abusive situations, and for those that may know someone in a dangerous situation. Simply knowing that there is help available can go a long way for those in need. Lawrence Battiste, Mobile Police Chief, also spoke to the crowd.
Guests were invited to draw pictures and write notes of encouragement to the guests of Penelope House, a local shelter for victims of domestic violence.
The day concluded with an afternoon march through several city blocks of downtown Mobile with a police escort. The path of the march took the group through a local beer fest where marchers distributed GLOW tracts. Those watching from the street quickly joined with those marching as they shouted, “End It, Now!”