April 11th Weekly Update!
Date: Fri, Apr. 13, 2007
The New Orleans music community was hit again yesterday, when beloved performer Deacon John lost his son Keith Moore, also a musician, to gunfire on our streets. Keith was a founder of Noizefest, a Bywater-based electronic music festival designed as a protest to Jazz Fest. It has been suggested that Keith was trying to buy drugs when he was murdered, but it is a dangerous mistake to regard a drug-related death as less tragic than any other violent death. The rampant drug industry in our city is itself a tragedy, and each New Orleanian we lose to this industry is a senseless and immeasurably painful loss, especially for the family of the victim but also for the life of our city. The FBI has put out urgent calls for information about drug activity: Please, if you witness or are aware of the location of drug activity, call the FBI at 816-3000 and file an anonymous report.
Last week’s Fifth District NOPD Meet and Greet was a success, attended by a great number of our local police officers, sargeants, detectives, and lieutenants and by Fifth District Captain Bernardine Kelly, not to mention a strong showing by the National Guard. Thank you to Kerrie Ramsdell of the Faubourg Marigny Improvement Association for helping to bring the event together, and to La Spiga, Coffea, and Schiro’s for donating food. We will definitely be organizing more of these receptions in the future: It really makes a difference when you know your local police officers!
Our City Walks resume this week following a break for Easter last week. The new route will start at Parkway Tavern and Bakery in Mid-City and end in Gert Town, at a small business recently purchased by Xavier student Myron Hartford. Myron bought Daiquiri Island in January, 2007, and already he is taking an active role in speaking out against violence in the neighborhood. The City Walk #3 route will take us down Jeff Davis Parkway, across the Xavier campus, and down Short Street to Daiquiri Island, where we will hold a small reception at 8pm; the music this week will be provided by the Soul Rebels Brass Band. See our website, www.silenceisviolence.org, for the complete route. In coming weeks the City Walks will extend to Broadmoor, Central City, the CBD, and Treme. Please join us whenever you can for this weekly event, which is both enjoyable and important, as we lay claim to our neighborhoods in a spirit of security and solidarity.Next week, SilenceIsViolence will continue our new alliance with Frederick A. Douglass High School: We will host an appearance and discussion at Douglass by actress Victoria Rowell. Ms. Rowell was born a ward of the state of Maine and was raised by a series of foster parents and mentors. Her new book The Women Who Raised Me is a tribute to those women and to the importance of role models in shaping a child's future. The event will be open to the community, so stay tuned for more details.
SilenceIsViolence has purchased a case of Ms. Rowell’s books to make available to local parents, and the publisher is donating some books for the same purpose. If any of you would be willing to sponsor the purchase of additional books, please write to us at SpeakUp@silenceisviolence.org and let us know! You can also call us at 504-613-7370 or 504-948-0917 if you want more information about prices or the book itself.
Finally, we are in the process of going through our paperwork and updating our email list..So, if you signed up to receive updates some time ago but this is the first time you’ve heard from us, you will now be receiving one email each week with SilenceIsViolence news. If you’d rather not receive these emails, or if you know someone who would like to, please write and let us know!Peace,
Ken, Helen, and Baty