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Fri, Jan. 13, 2017
Ten years ago today, Dinerral Shavers was murdered in New Orleans. Dinerral was a respected musician and educator, and his loss was felt throughout our cultural communities. One week later, New Orleans lost another artist when filmmaker Helen Hill was tragically killed in her home.
The loss of these two creative leaders spurred an outcry among New Orleanians from every neighborhood and background. Thousands of us gathered at City Hall on January 11, 2007 to mourn Dinerral, Helen, and all of our fellow citizens who have lost their lives to senseless violence - and to demand stronger leadership toward safety and equity from our public officials. Each year on January 11, the Board, staff, and friends of SilenceIsViolence return to City Hall to remember by name all New Orleanians killed in the previous year.
On January 11, 2017, we will continue this tradition of an annual victims memorial. We invite you to join us as we memorialize our neighbors and loved ones next Wednesday, January 11, at 9am. This time, we will look back over the past decade to remember Dinerral, Helen, and every life lost to violence in our city during the past 10 years. We will convene in front of City Hall, and remember each victim by name.
Please join us as we remember the individual lives we have lost, and recommit to pursuing safety and equity in our city.
The Staff and Board of SilenceIsViolence.