Tragedy struck the Southside of Fort Worth, Texas on June 10th, as 7 people were shot and 2 tragically killed. The violence in Fort Worth is up 69% in 2017, which was an astounding number from just a year ago. In an effort to, hopefully repeal this violence, the Southside Fort Worth community came together to start a positive initiative, which was called “No Shots Fired”. No Shots Fired is a 100-day initiative, to influence positive change and direction throughout the city and the community, by stopping violence through engaging in positive activity. It is the goal of the “No Shots Fired” initiative, that No Shots would be fired throughout the entire city, especially in lower economic areas. This event started on a historic day in Texas, June 19th (Juneteenth), which is the day, on paper, that slavery ended in Texas.
After several positive and productive activities, on July 22, 2017 a violent free Fun Fest was held in Historic Evans Plaza in Fort Worth, TX. The event was from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., and was a free event for all families. The event included live entertainment, public speakers, youth activities, music, and food. The food is where the men of the Epsilon Alpha Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. come in, as they volunteered to cook over 1,000 hot dogs and several other items. In addition, they contributed several cases of water, bread, and other goods, as well as staging an area for food to be received.
Bro. Jerry McDowell, Epsilon Alpha Event Coordinator stated:
“I work and live in this community, and just like everyone else, I want and hope the violence stops. If I could contribute by organizing a group of outstanding character men to give back, and hopefully provide families with summer fun and relief and hopefully change the mindset of some of these youths away from violence, then I am more than honored to do so.”
Bro. Darryl “DJ” Jordan stated:
“This grill is hot, but not as warm as the climate in the Fort Worth streets, as violence in running rampant right now. I just wanted to come out here and do my part to try to create positive memories and change the dynamics and culture, which will hopefully reduce the violence.”