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April 19th Weekly Update!

Date: Thu, Apr. 19, 2007 April 19th, 2007

Hi, everyone...

National Crime Victims' Rights Week will occur this year April 22-28. The slogan for this week, which has been set aside each year since 1981, is "Every Victim. Every Time." This sentiment is a guiding principle behind much of the work SilenceIsViolence does, and we will be marking the upcoming week in the following ways:

1. Saturday, April 21: Crescent House, a refuge for victims of domestic violence, has organized a full day of activities at Audubon Park in honor of the week. Community resources and education will be the focus. Attractions include a 5K run and 1 mile fun walk/run, a 3-on-3 basketball tournament, plenty of music, and free food. For more information call Kristen at (504) 866-7481. The Hot 8 Brass Band will perform at 3pm to close out the event.

2. Sunday, April 22: We will be altering our weekly City Walk this Sunday in recognition of the first official day of National Crime Victims' Rights Week. We will join the Central City community that has been gathering each evening for nearly a month under the direction of Pastor John Raphael and the New Hope Baptist Church congregation. Pastor Raphael is one of our city's strongest and most passionate voices against violent crime, and his attention to the individual tragedy of each victim has been an inspiration to SilenceIsViolence from the start. If you are able to, please join Pastor Raphael and his congregation this Sunday evening as we dedicate this week's City Walk to his efforts and leadership in our streets.

The New Hope congregation leaves the church (1809 LaSalle St., between St. Andrew and Felicity streets) at 5pm and fans out through the immediate neighborhood in small groups, reaching out to the community through "street witnessing." They reconvene at the corner of St. Andrew and S. Robertson streets for a prayer circle. If you do not want to join the street witnessing, please join the group at the destination point at 6pm for the blessing, which lasts about 20 minutes.

Following the blessing, we will walk the short distance to the Turning Point Lounge, a small club now under the ownership of Rose and Nira, two lovely ladies who are also public school teachers by day. Next week, we will recommence the City Walks along the model we have been following for the past several weeks.

Victoria Rowell at Douglass High School

This Friday marks the extension of the SilenceIsViolence Program for Peace into Frederick A. Douglass High School with a very exciting program featuring Victoria Rowell. Born a ward of the state of Maine, Victoria Rowell was raised and inspired by a series of foster parents and teachers. At age eight, she won a Ford Foundation grant to study ballet and later went on to train and dance professionally under the auspices of the American Ballet Theatre, Twyla Tharp Workshop, and the Julliard School before becoming an actress, for which she has been awarded eleven NAACP Image Awards. She is the founder of the Rowell Foster Children Positive Plan, which provides scholarships in the arts and education to foster youth, and serves as national spokesperson for the Annie E. Casey Foundation/Casey Family Services. She will discuss her book, The Women Who Raised Me, with Douglass students and parents and members of the community. Her presentation at Douglass will inaugurate a five-week program we are organizing there, combining literary exercises and anti-violence discussions. Members of the community are invited to this first episode featuring Ms. Rowell; here are the details:

Victoria Rowell, actress and author

To appear at Frederick A. Douglass High School, 3820 St. Claude Avenue

Friday, April 20, 10:30am

Community members welcome

More information: (504) 613-7370

We will not be making our regular appearance on WWL870 radio this week, but we will be back on the show next Thursday, at 8am as usual!

In the coming days, please remember every victim of violent crime that our city has so tragically lost.


Ken, Helen, and Baty