Stand Strong Together

A community march against violence and drug abuse is planned for 10 a.m. Dec. 8. It will start at the entrance to the BlueWater Resort & Casino and end at Western Park.

Raymond Meza wants to end violence and drug abuse on the Colorado River Indian Reservation. He’s one of the people organizing a community march against drugs, alcohol, violence, human trafficking, bullying and suicide to be held Dec. 8. The name of the march is “Stand Strong Together,” and it will start at 10 a.m. in front of the sign for the BlueWater Resort & Casino and will end at Western Park.

“We just know something needs to be done,” he said.

Meza’s sister, Cynthia Williams, was kidnapped and murdered in March 2016. Two people, Sharon Marie Clark and Jeffrey Scott Williams, were convicted in federal court on charges related to her death.

Meza is working with the family of Melina “Shaggy” Yazzie, who went missing in August 2017 and was later found murdered. Recognizing there is other violence going on, these two families are organizing the march to raise awareness of the violence and call for it to end.

“If we’re going to change things, we have to stand together,” Meza said. “Now is the time.”

In addition to the march, Meza said there will be displays and booths at Western Park providing information on subjects from help for drug addicts to escaping from domestic violence.

This is the third “Stand Strong Together” march since 2016. There were 200 people participating in last year’s march.

For more information on the march, contact Meza at 928-916-4844, Katrina Yazzie at 928-276-2824 or Darrin Fisher 928-916-8733.

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