Bootsy and Patti Collins (Courtesy photo)

Funk music legend, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Bootsy Collins and his wife, Patti Collins – president of the Bootsy Collins Foundation, are bringing their “Funk Not Fight Rally 4 Peace” to the West Coast, on Saturday, Dec. 30, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Victory Outreach Ministries Compton, 4205 East Alondra Blvd, in Compton.

“Dr. Isola”, the multi-instrumentalist, and inventor of the Busuyi double-sided guitar, and artist “Blue Turban Stone” generously donated 12 Busuyi Guitars specifically for the West Coast rally.

Rev. Charles L. Brown, his wife, Minister Pauline M. Brown, and Anthony Lewis are the community leaders assigned to coordinate and oversee the West Coast Chapter of the rally.

The rally aims to address violence affecting Compton residents, particularly the younger generation. With a focus on fostering positivity, engagement, and understanding, the event coordinators and leaders seek to provide opportunities to contribute to the well-being of the community. The organizers also hope to inspire and initiate positive change while instilling values of tolerance, empathy, and conflict resolution among the younger population.

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Minister Brown, also a founding member of U-Can International and Associates, and the Compton 125 Historical Society, said that recent statistics citing the homicide as the leading cause of death for young people “serve as a wake-up call for us to take collective action and address this matter promptly.”

Explaining how she and her husband became involved in this peace initiative, Brown said, “Our organization, U-Can International & Associates, [has] been involved in promoting peace in the community and the inner-city for over 15 years. Since 2007, we’ve transported children and youth from Jordan High, Compton High, and area elementary schools to take them to safe and fun places where they can express themselves creatively and freely about what peace means to them in their community.

“When Mr. Anthony Lewis spoke with us about what the Bootsy Collins Foundation was doing to promote peace, we immediately knew that this was a perfect match for what we’ve been doing.”

Brown continued: “We’ve been working with the Bootsy Collins Foundation since May of this year, and we’ve been getting all yeses from the East Coast, as we’ve been diligently working behind the scenes on planning this very special event.

“The first rally will take place in the City of Compton, and we are simultaneously planning for the next rally to take place in 2024, on the International Day of Peace,” she concluded.

The rally is not intended to be just a one day event of fun, but it will also be an experience that will not soon be forgotten. This initiative is designed to change the trajectory of young people’s lives, thus bettering their families, and strengthening our communities.  The aim is also to create safe spaces for open dialogue, awareness, and engagement while also providing a platform for local leaders and organizations to share insights and strategies for preventing violence among the younger generation.

As minister Pauline Brown clearly brings out: “There is no peace without God.  No God without Peace. Know God, Know Peace”

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