District 2 Councilmember Goldie Wells took her time at the end of the City Council meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 6 to make an appeal to the people of Greensboro, and particularly to the people in her district, to have a peaceful Christmas season.

At the end of the regular meetings of the Greensboro City Council meeting each councilmember is given a few minutes, or in some cases a lot of minutes, to talk about whatever they want.  Usually councilmembers talk about events they have attended or upcoming events.

But on Dec. 6, Wells used her time to make a heartfelt appeal for peace during the Christmas season.

Wells said, “I’d like to make a personal request.  We’ve had so much in District 2, and I know in District 1, we’ve had violence and we’ve had people killed and we’ve had senseless drive-bys and we hear the sound of gunshots in our community, and I want to appeal to all of you, we’re going into the Christmas season and lots of things happen in the Christmas season.  Some folks are upset because they don’t have what they need or want for the season. Some get a little too much of something to drink or whatever and a lot of things happen.  But I want to appeal to you to just treat your neighbor the way you want to be treated.  Don’t use violence.  Think and remember, this is our community.  We are all here together.  We are different people.  We’re different nationalities, different ethnic groups.  But all of us, we’re here and we are all different.  But we’re all the same when it comes down to it.  People say, when we’re cut, we all bleed red blood.  But I just want to appeal to you.  It really comes down to love.  Love your fellow man.  Stop the violence.  It is getting out of hand.  Our city is getting a bad name because of it – our neighborhoods, especially my district because I think I have the most murders, homicides in District 2.  So I’m appealing to you please stop the violence try to live peaceful during this peaceful season the holidays.”