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SilenceIsViolence organizational update

Date: Thu, Oct. 07, 2010

Tamara Jackson will serve as Director of Community and Victim Outreach. A long-time activist and leader in the New Orleans community, Tamara has worked in mental health services for over 15 years. Since 2008, Tamara has coordinated the SilenceIsViolence Peace Walks/City Walks through a partnership with the Social Aid and Pleasure Club Task Force, which she also manages. In 2010 Tamara is expanding upon this program, including enhanced collaboration with the NOPD during Peace Walks.

In addition, effective immediately, Tamara will oversee the Victim Allies Project, a program that offers a range of services for family members who have lost loved ones to violence. Founded in 2009 through a partnership with V.O.T.E.-Nola and Citizens for 1 Greater New Orleans, the Victim Allies Project guides victim-survivors through the criminal justice process. Starting this Saturday, October 9, services will include grief support groups, as part of with expanded emotional and psychological resources. For more information on our grief support groups for families of homicide victims, call Tamara at (504) 453-1155.

Allison Goodman will serve as the SilenceIsViolence Director of Youth Programs. A Ph.D. candidate in Sociology at the City University of New York, Allison has returned to her native New Orleans to participate in the arts and social justice communities. She will oversee SilenceIsViolence’s signature Music Clinics, held weekly since early 2007 in memory of Dinerral Shavers.
Allison also has developed and will continue management of the SilenceIsViolence Recovery School District Peace Clubs, artist-led anti-violence classes which currently serve some 200 Orleans Parish students per year. To participate in the Music Clinics or Peace Clubs, contact Allison at (512) 627-5071.