PEORIA, Ill. -- This Mother's Day weekend, all Peoria-area moms are being called to come together and help make a difference.
On Saturday, the Peoria Association of Pastors for Community and Spiritual Renewal is hosting an anti-violence rally.
Pastor Harvey Burnett is calling all mothers, families and churches to gather at the corner of Warren and Butler Streets at noon on Saturday.
He says that is one of the most violent and impoverished areas in the city and its youth need encouragement to put down the guns and exit gangs.
"This particular event is about changing minds and addressing the morality of the situations to bring about a respect for life and a respect for one another," said Pastor Harvey Burnett. "I think there's no better flow than an expression of love to come from a mother to our children and our young people in our community."
Pastor Burnett says the anti-violence rally the first in a series of upcoming rallies. Another one is planned around Father's Day.