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National Crime Victims' Rights Week (Event Calendar)

SilenceIsViolence one-year anniversary

Date: Tue, Jan. 08, 2008

January 8, 2008

Hi, everyone.

This Friday, January 11, we will mark the one-year anniversary of the March for Survival to City Hall that so many of you participated in last year, and which founded the organization SilenceIsViolence. In the spirit of reserving a day for citizens’ voices, a day when we speak as a community to our leaders, SilenceIsViolence will hold a press conference in front of City Hall at noon on Friday. We will be addressing where we have come in terms of public safety and criminal justice over the past year, as well as remembering those whom we have lost to the violence of our city. Anyone who would like to memorialize a loved one, a neighbor, or other fellow New Orleanians is particularly invited to attend. We will renew our commitment to victims of violence through a memorial reading of the names of those who have been murdered in the year since January 11, 2007.

On Friday evening, starting at 9pm, there will be a SilenceIsViolence one-year anniversary concert at the Howlin’ Wolf, featuring the Hot 8 Brass Band, Soul Rebels Brass Band, Rebirth Brass Band, Shamarr Allen, and the Rabouin Marching Band. Tickets cost $15 and will benefit the Dinerral Shavers Educational Fund.

Here are the details in brief:

Friday, January 11, 2008: One-year anniversary of SilenceIsViolence, a campaign for peace in New Orleans: Citizens Speak on Public Safety

12 noon: Memorial and press conference, steps of City Hall, 1300 Perdido St.

9pm: Benefit Concert, Howlin’ Wolf, 907 S. Peters St.

It is our hope and intention that this anniversary of our anti-violence organization will mark a new phase in citizen engagement in public safety. On Friday, SilenceIsViolence will set forth our plans for community action going forward, both independently and in collaboration with other organizations and entities.

Please contact us with any questions, and join us for Friday’s events if you can.

Baty, Ken, and Nakita

www.silenceisviolence.org