1,000 Bikers Rally Against Gun Violence in New Jersey
In the wake of the Newtown shooting in Connecticut, the ongoing campaign of violence in Chicago and the recent Mother’s Day Parade shooting in New Orleans, the Central Jersey Community Development Corporation (CJCDC), First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens and the Good Fellaz Biker Club will join forces on Sunday, May 19 for an anti-gun violence rally.
The event – which will include an anti-violence and anti-bullying rally – is expected to draw more than 1,000 bikers from all over New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Maryland, as well as hundreds of people from communities across New Jersey.
Pastor DeForest Soaries, Jr. of the First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens in Somerset, New Jersey, will lead the biker blessing. Daniel Worthy, father of three and vice president of the Good Fellaz Biker Club, will help to facilitate conversations between motorcyclists and the youth, encouraging them to not purchase or use guns; avoid gang membership; and stay in school; among other issues.
“Members of the motorcycle community are coming from all across New Jersey and states throughout the east coast — Virginia, Maryland, New York and Pennsylvania and others — to demonstrate their opposition to violence in our communities. We want to avoid what we’ve been seeing other places,” says Pastor Soaries. “What we’re doing is encouraging our youths not to carry guns and certainly not to use them. Also to avoid gangs, participate in community activities and finish school. This event is about encouraging our people to govern themselves peacefully.”
The Biker Blessing and rally are a part of the CJCDC’s ongoing efforts to reach all segments of the community it serves. This year’s blessing will also include a free stunt bike show along with free music and food. The entire event is complimentary and open to the public. CJCDC is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization that works to rebuild communities in need through the improvement of social, educational and economic conditions in targeted areas throughout New Jersey.
“In our area there’s not too much of anything for the youth to do. No YMCAs, rec centers, nothing. So this is an opportunity for the kids, their families and members of the church to come together — an opportunity for everyone to interact with one another,” says Daniel Worthy, Vice President of the Goodfellaz Motorcycle Gang from Somerset, NJ, and father of three. “It’s an opportunity for us to be together in peace, and to discourage anything that’s going to cause harm to members of our ‘family.’ It’s like a family reunion for our town.”