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Faith leaders march and pray for end to gun violence

Caroline MacGregor
January 28, 2013 | WGVU   Following Tuesday morning’s breakfast held by the Michigan Prophetic Voices Clergy, the faith leaders will march from the Lansing Center to the Capitol Building for a prayer service.

An anti-violence campaign initiated by members of the group has included  marches and gatherings in Detroit, Flint, Kalamazoo and other cities.

At the meeting Tuesday, the group will prioritize actions they plan to take this year to try to  stop gun violence. Last year, Michigan Prophetic Voices called on Governor Rick Snyder to veto restrictive voter laws and stop the expansion of concealed weapons.

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