In an annual Mother's Day event, Mothers in Charge will again issue its plea for peace to the city.

Tomorrow its members will gather again at Benjamin Franklin High School in North Philadelphia beginning at 10 a.m. for the event, "A Mother's Plea for Peace: Sons, Put Down Your Guns."

Dr. Lonise Bias, whose son was killed in a drive-by shooting, will be the keynote speaker.

Dorothy Johnson-Speight, founder of Mothers in Charge, said that this day is a way to call out to the city residents to get involved in making a difference in trying to reduce the violence.

"We are hoping that in continuing our fight and doing the work that we do, it will help to make the change that is necessary," Johnson-Speight said.

"The violence in the city didn't happen overnight, and it's not going to go away overnight. We have to keep fighting," she added.

Johnson-Speight is asking for anyone interested in volunteering to attend the event. The organization is looking for 1,000 people to volunteer at different city organizations that promote solving problems in the city. *

-Christine Olley