Tomorrow, January 9, 2009, we will Strike Against Crime, voicing community-wide condemnation of violent crime in New Orleans and memorializing those whom we have lost to the violence. We call upon citizens, businesses, and city government to pursue policies and programs that spread peace through our neighborhoods and our city as a whole.
Community-led efforts and activities will be going on across town throughout Friday and Saturday. The following major activities will bring coordinated peace and social justice messages to downtown, uptown, and City Hall:
10am: Peace Motorcade, beginning at the intersection of North Claiborne Avenue and Gov. Nicholls Street. Nakita Shavers will lead this motorcade in memory of her brother, Dinerral Shavers, and Helen Hill, the two artists whose 2006 murders led to the founding of SilenceIsViolence.
12 noon: Victims memorial, steps of City Hall. We will read the names of all New Orleanians lost to homicide during the past year. Citizens and elected officials, including District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro, will participate in the memorial reading of the names. We invite any New Orleanian who mourns the loss of our citizens to join us in this annual memorial.
6pm: Procession and Vigil for Ja'Shawn Powell. Led by the city's Social Aid and Pleasure Clubs. Gather at New Hope Baptist Church, 1807 La Salle Street, at 6pm for prayer; walk to the corner of Jackson Avenue and Danneel Street; candlelight vigil in Van McMurray Park.
In addition, please WEAR RED on Friday to show your respect for victims of violence and your pledge to work toward peace in New Orleans.
Additional events and activities are listed on our website. Let Friday be a day when we stand together as a city, in solidarity of peaceful purpose.