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Remembering Helen Hill

Date: Fri, Jan. 13, 2017 Helen Hill was a free spirit, a creative visionary who connected in a deep way with the arts and culture of New Orleans. Her handmade films were personal statements with an attention to fine detail that won her admirers across New Orleans and beyond.

When Helen was murdered in her home 10 years ago today - just one week after the loss of fellow artist and cultural leader Dinerral Shavers - it was the last straw for many New Orleanians fed up with violence in the city, and with the silence of city leadership in the face of these tragedies. Dinerral and Helen were practicing artists who also "gave back," who loved New Orleans and did their part to make the city a better place for everyone. That the city did not protect them in turn was too much to bear.

On January 11, 2007, thousands of us collectively mourned Dinerral and Helen - and ALL of our fallen neighbors - by marching to City Hall and demanding more from our leaders.

Next week, on Wednesday, January 11, 2017, we will remember the artists who inspired a city-wide movement, as well as every life lost in New Orleans in the 10 years since their murders. We invite you to join us for this annual tradition, and to recommit with us to community-led safety and equity for all New Orleanians.

The Staff and Board of SilenceIsViolence.

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