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Group rallies in Northampton for fathers to help end violence

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NORTHAMPTON, MA (WSHM) -

On this Father's Day, one group held an inaugural rally to promote fathers working to end violence.

The first ever "One Billion Fathers Rising" (OBFR) event took place on the front steps of First Churches.

OBFR is a new global campaign that calls on fathers to speak up and demand an end to violence in their communities.

One of the event's organizers said it is a message that needs to be heard.

"We have to rise and put an end to that violence," said Pascal Akimana. "We are encouraging everybody to come out and say as a father, a uncle, a man, as a partner I am standing against violence and abuse."

Sunday's event featured performers and speakers, all entertaining and addressing the issue of stopping violence in their communities and beyond.

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