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STRIKE BEGINS

Date: Wed, Jan. 25, 2012 STRIKE AGAINST CRIME BEGINS
Join SilenceIsVIolence this week as we Strike Against Crime: We take time from our regular routines to address the violence in New Orleans, each in our own way. This week's events include memorials, peace walks, youth engagement, and an anti-violence forum at Clark Prep High School. The full schedule of activities is posted below, and available on our website: http://www.silenceisviolence.org/strike/


This evening, we will gather in New Orleans East to memorialize Kedrick Morris. The memorial will take place today, Monday January 23, at the corner of Bullard and Dwyer at 6pm. Here is some more information about Kedrick and his family's experience with authorities following his loss:
Kedrick Morris (20) was fatally shot inside his vehicle near the intersection of Dwyer Road and Bullard Avenue on October 07, 2011 at about 9:30PM. Kedrick graduated from McDonogh 35 College Prep in 2009 and had no criminal history. He was on his way to his job--the 10pm shift at East Jefferson General Hospital--when he was shot twice, once in the side and once in the back of his head. On the day after Kedrick's shocking death, his family hosted a memorial at the crime scene, only to find uncollected shell casings at the scene. Pictures were taken and the family called 911 in distress over this investigative failing; the NOPD responded only three hours later.
There has been no arrest in this case. The family would like to be more involved in the investigative process, but they have received little substantive engagement from Detective Darling, who is assigned to the case. Detective Darling does take the family's calls, but all she has told them is that she is waiting for results from the crime lab. She has not provided the family with an item number, nor with any further updates. The family has received encouragement from NOPD Victim-Witness Service specialist Detective Jolivett.
SilenceIsViolence is currently working with Kedrick's family. We have collaborated with Crimestoppers to create a flyer regarding Kedrick's murder, and have secured an item number with which we are following the case as closely as possible.
Kedrick is one of too many victims whose families are left in the dark, largely neglected by a callous system, and made to feel that, for whatever reason, their son's death is not a priority in a city concerned with protecting and reassuring certain residents, even at the expense of equitable safety for all.


Strike Against Crime, January 23-28
Pre-Strike: Friday, January 20: 
Students from the Cohen High School SilenceIsViolence Peace Club counter the culture of violence through creative expression. Art House on the Levee, 4725 Dauphine Street, 10am-noon.
Strike Week Activities:
Monday, January 23:
 Crime Happened Here public awareness campaign begins. City-wide.
Memorial for Kedrick Morris. Bullard and Dwyer, New Orleans East, 6pm.
Tuesday, January 24: 
SilenceIsViolence Music Clinics and Peace Coconut painting session. Visual arts, word art, and music. SilenceIsViolence headquarters, 2700 Chartres Street, 5:30-7:30pm.
Wednesday, January 25: 
Public Forum: "Breaking the Code of Silence-Engaging in Solutions." Featuring Mike Quinn, Ursula Price, and the students of Clark School. Clark Prep High School, 1301 N. Derbigny Street, 5pm-8pm.
Thursday, January 26:
 Uptown Peace Walk, in memory of Eula Mae Butler Ivey and Ralph Bias, Jr. START: Harrell Park, Claiborne at Leonidas, 6pm.
Friday, January 27: 
Annual Victims Memorial, City Hall New Orleans, Noon.
Saturday, January 28: 
Community Picnic. Featuring Peace Walk by the Original Prince of Wales Social Aid and Pleasure Club; police vs. firefighters flag football match; face-painting by YAYA; bubble maker by the Louisiana Children's Museum; water courtesy of Breaux Mart; and king cake thanks to Whole Foods Market. Lyons Playground, Tchoupitoulas at Delachaise, 12pm-3pm.
For more information please email SpeakUp@silenceisviolence.org or call (504) 948-0917.