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Yes We Care

Date: Fri, Mar. 27, 2009

This Saturday, a seminal event in the struggle toward peace in New Orleans will take place in Armstrong Park.  Visionary voice for peace Pastor John Raphael, of the New Hope Baptist Church, has called upon New Orleanians to take a vocal and physical stand against violence in our city by convening in the park between 10am and 1pm.  There, we will hear stories of loss, pledges of peace, and visions for a more caring New Orleans.

Pastor Raphael, a man of wise and even temperament who is not inclined to emphasize racial divisions, nonetheless has taken the brave stance of calling out black-on-black violence in New Orleans as the real crux of our crisis.  As such, he wants African-American citizens in particular to call for, and act toward, peace.  Tomorrow's event, titled "Yes, We Care," is an opportunity for African-American individuals and communities to claim control of our streets and neighborhoods, and to assert and enact the power of the community to bring about change.

Ethnicity aside, all New Orleanians can get behind the important work of Pastor Raphael and his partners in this endeavor.  Beacuse in our work toward a safer city, ultimately there can be no divisions.


Saturday, March 28, 2009


Louis Armstrong Park, New Orleans