May 8 update
Date: Thu, May. 08, 2008
The continuing turmoil surrounding those involved in Dinerral Shavers's murder case-the violent death of a witness last week, and the connection of the former defendant, David Bonds, to a new shooting this week-renews our responsibility as citizens to remain engaged and involved in public safety. We cannot and should not hold back our outrage and our demands that NOPD officers and detectives respond more professionally to crises such as these. But we can also follow through on our outrage with persistent public acts of responsibility for our own safety. This week, SilenceIsViolence focuses on two specific actions:
1. This Tuesday we took a public stand on the delicate issue of domestic violence, joining the Tulane Law School Domestic Violence Clinic and District Attorney Keva Landrum in announcing a joint effort to increase public awareness about dv and enhance the criminal justice systemís preparedness to deal with dv more forcefully. Visit our website, www.silenceisviolence.org, for our full statement on this issue.2. This Saturday we will continue our latest season of SilenceIsViolence City Walks, joining the Holy Cross Neighborhood Association for a walk through the Lower Ninth Ward. The walk begins at the Greater Little Zion Missionary Baptist Church at 5130 Chartres Street and takes us through the historic Holy Cross neighborhood, crossing over to the Lower Ninth Ward neighborhood and then returning to Holy Cross for a crawfish boil. Hereís the full route:
Holy Cross City Walk, Saturday, May 10:
START: The Greater Little Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 5130 Chartres Street, 6pm. Take a LEFT on Chartres, heading towards the Industrial Canal. Turn RIGHT on Forstall, passing the Holy Cross Neighborhood Community Garden. Turn LEFT on Dauphine, LEFT on Deslonde, and RIGHT on Royal, passing Kathy Muse's rain garden. Turn RIGHT on Jourdan, passing the Preservation Resource Center's showcase house, and RIGHT on Rampart, crossing the soon-to-be-redeveloped Holy Cross School campus. Take a LEFT on Forstall, passing St. Paul Church of God in Christ. Cross St. Claude and N. Claiborne Avenues on Forstall Street. Turn RIGHT on N. Roman and RIGHT on Egania, passing the Christian Community Baptist Church. Take a right on St. Claude, passing the Lower Ninth Ward Health Clinic. Turn LEFT on Lizardi, passing the Discount Zone gas station.
STOP: Mercede's Place bar on the corner of Lizardi and Burgundy for a crawfish boil!
The Holy Cross Neighborhood Association has also initiated an effort to keep the National Guard in New Orleans beyond the current withdrawal date of June 2008. The intensive recruitment campaign announced this week by the NOPD is a positive move toward strengthening the ranks of the local police departmentóBut it also reveals how thin those ranks are currently, at a time when we need strong, professional law enforcement more than ever. Our officers are working extended shifts and continue to suffer from inadequate resources. Until the NOPD can stabilize and protect citizens effectively on its own, the National Guardís presence is essential to our safety. You can read and sign the Holy Cross petition to keep the National Guard in New Orleans by clicking here. Citizens for 1 Greater New Orleans have also joined this effort, with an easy way to send your concerns directly to Governor Jindal. We encourage everyone to join these organizations in voicing your concerns about the National Guardís planned departure.