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Hi everyone, and thank you for the incredible show of support

Date: Mon, Mar. 19, 2007 Hi everyone, and thank you for the incredible show of support at our
benefit concert last Sunday! We enjoyed seeing so many of you, and we
raised over $5,000, which will go toward the Dinerral Shavers
Education Fund, the Program for Peace in our Schools, and the
SilenceIsViolence Youth Music Clinics (find more information about
these programs on our website, www.silenceisviolence.org). More
importantly, on Sunday night the Mid-City Lanes Rock-n-Bowl buzzed
with a renewed sense of hope that a cross-section of citizens, unified
in purpose, focus, and love for our city, can impact our safety and
comfort in New Orleans.

As Nakita Shavers said during her remarks at the benefit, the change
will not come overnight. But the number of local groups currently
pursuing a variety of anti-crime initiatives demonstrates a
coalescence of citizen energies around the issue of crime. And the
growing spirit of collaboration among these groups and across the city
as a whole with regard to anti-violence is laying the foundation for a
strong and sustainable shift in our standards for New Orleans.

On Sunday night, SilenceIsViolence announced several new initiatives
that we invite you to participate in:
City Walks.
Beginning Sunday, March 25, SilenceIsViolence will coordinate a series
of walks through our city. The City Walks are designed to nurture the
bond and sense of unified purpose among our neighborhoods that was so
important during the January 11 March For Survival. They will begin
at 7pm in one neighborhood and proceed to an establishment in another
neighborhood, taking about 30-45 minutes en route. At the destination
establishment, there will be a small reception with live music. Watch
for the weekly route on our website and in our email updates.
City Walk #1: Sound Cafe (Lower Marigny/9th Ward) to Seal's Class Act (7th Ward)
March 25, 7pm. Specific route to be established next week.

Public Access Television.
This week we begin taping of a regular series of public-access TV
programs, during which Mayor Ray Nagin will address the public
specifically on the subject of violent crime. Mayor Nagin will speak
to recent developments on our streets as well as updating us on his
own activities and progress in the fight for a safer city. The Mayor
will respond to questions posed by different citizens each week,
beginning with students involved in the SilenceIsViolence Program for
Peace in our Schools. A broadcast schedule will be posted on our
website as soon as it becomes available.

Police Meet and Greet.
On Thursday, April 5 SilenceIsViolence will host the first of a series
of meet-and-greet gatherings designed to build confidence and respect
between citizens of the Fifth District and our police officers. The
gathering will take place at Sound Cafe from 5pm to 7pm and will
feature music and refreshments. Subsequent gatherings will be held at
different times so that all citizens and police officers have an
opportunity to attend.

Thanks again for making Sunday night such a success! If you could not
make it but would still like to make a donation toward
SilenceIsViolence programs, please visit our website, where you can
use our Paypal button or contact us about sending a check.