"No Buy Day" Scheduled for West Memphis

July 7, 2007 - Posted at 5:37 p.m. CDT

WEST MEMPHIS-This Saturday members of the group, Concerned Pastors and Citizens of West Memphis gathered to prepare for what they are calling "No Buy Day."

"We were looking at what we could do productive on the front end to let the community as well as the citizens of West Memphis see that we are serious about what we are trying to do," said Pastor Donnie Gist of Lord House of Prayer Church.

On Tuesday the group is scheduled to meet with the Mayor to discuss issues and concerns following the death of 12-year-old DeAuntae Farrow.

However, on Monday, they are asking all West Memphians to make their purchases elsewhere.

"We do make up a great part of this city when it comes to dollars and cents. Money is being spent. We want them to see that we are together, so that they can feel something needs to be done," said Gist.

Concerned Pastors and Citizens of West Memphis say the whole reasoning behind their "No Buy Day" campaign is simply to make elected officials realize they need more communication, especially after their hesitation to release the name of the officer involved in the shooting death of Farrow.

"My question is, why couldn't we have gotten some information that was made publicly to the public. That was a slap in the face to me," said Minister S.J. Parker of 1st Missionary Baptist Church.

It's a slap this group wants to be felt by everyone.

"When this community realizes that money is being taken out of their pocket, when they go to the poll to pull the lever. They are going to remember," said Parker.

And simple words like, "Pray for our community" posted on a local billboard will be remembered most.

"We are still hurting and we need the whole community's help," said Parker.

The group plans to hold "No Buy Day" every Monday for the remainder of July.

They stress this is not a race issue, but merely about opening up the lines of communication.

A memorial for DeAuntae Farrow is scheduled for Sunday, July 8 at 6:00 p.m. outside the apartment where he was killed.

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