Community Activist Crystal Feliciano, and The Top Ladies of Distinction- Trenton Chapter teamed up this past weekend with Moms Demand Action against Gun Volience to feed over a hundred people at Unity Park.
In attendance were a variety of community activists and community members, like Jasi Edwards, founder of Operation Rebuild Trenton, and East Ward Councilman Joe Harrison. Sponsors of the event included: Tonetta Blue, Moms Demand Action, and Peterson’s Breaking News of Trenton.
The second annual Thanksgiving meal was held in Unity square. There was a buffet full of pasta, meatballs, salad, and green beans for the main course. At the far end of the buffet sat homemade desserts brought by Moms Demand Action. They had all different kinds of cookies, candies, and brownies for people to choose from.
“So today we’re out here to give back…,” said Teska Frisby, of Moms Demand Action for Gun Violence. “So we have a table that is full of desserts that will make you nice and full or active eating your meal during Thanksgiving time. We want to make sure that folks have something that will make them smile even if it’s only for a moment.”
Moms Demand Action is a nationwide organization petitioning for common-sense gun laws across America. “We are not anti-gun. I like to let people know we are just pro safety guns. We want to know if you have a gun in the House that is safe not just for you but also for your children. Everyone that comes in the House that this locked up if there is, you need to have it in the lockbox,” Frisby said.
Just this week, the Mayor’s office released the video of the October 31st vigil held by local pastors, mothers of gun violence victims, and the Mom’s Demand Action organization. “Trentonians understand all too well that violent crime victims are more than names in a paper or numbers on a report,” said Mayor Gusciora. “As we approach the holiday season and express our gratitude for the loved ones still in our lives, we must also remember the ones we lost to gun violence.”
Frisby says that they will continue to participate in events like the Community Thanksgiving meal. “We need for folks to understand that there are those that are out here advocating. It’s not that their cries are falling on deaf ears. There are those of us that are out there that are stomping the ground, and we’re trying to help in whatever way that we can.” Frisby said.
Throughout the event, the sentiment was clear that Trenton helps each other. “You never know when you can end up on the other side of being the person in need. So I always think that it’s important to pay blessings forward. So that if ever I’m in a situation of needing help, then people will be there to hopefully help me as well,” Feliciano said.