Updated: 12/25/2013 6:48 AM
Created: 12/24/2013 7:37 PM KSTP.com
By: Nick Winkler
Members of the Somali Youth Against Violence organization are demanding their neighbors to no longer remain silent after violent incidents.
Too often, members say, Somalis who witness acts of violence do not speak out or tell police what they saw.
The organization aims to break the silence and improve safety for everyone and will participate in an African Heritage Unity Celebration event this Friday at the Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis.
Besides a tribute to the late Nelson Mandela, the event is an opportunity for the Somali and African American communities to ease tension between the groups and discuss solutions to the economic and educational disparities each is facing.
Everyone is welcome at the heritage event Friday.
It starts at 6:30 p.m. and is free to attend.