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October 2 weekly update

Date: Fri, Oct. 12, 2007

October 2, 2007

Hi, everyone.

We have another busy week with SilenceIsViolence:

1. S/V Citizens VOICE (Violent Offender Intervention through Citizen Engagement) Initiative:

Yesterday we announced our first action through VOICE, an initiative that will channel our work with the detectives, prosecutors, and defenders in Orleans Parish violent crime cases to be sure the most effective possible criminal justice is brought to bear upon violent cases. Starting this week, we have sponsored a temporary administrative assistant to work for Bobby Freeman and the Violent Offenders Unit at the DAís office, in response to the well-publicized lack of support staff within the VOU and the detrimental impact this lack is having on the prosecution of murder cases and other violent cases. Call Baty (948-0917) or Ken (613-7370) to find out how you can support this effort. 2. Fall 2007 Youth Music Clinics:

Youth Music Clinics start TODAY under the musical leadership of virtuoso trumpeter Shamarr Allen. The clinics will continue each Tuesday from 6 to 8pm for the next seven weeks, featuring musical coaching, dinner for participants, and performances by both the music leaders and the participants. Please stop by, and be sure to spread the word to any young New Orleanians interested in seeking positive expressive outlets through the arts.

WHAT: Youth Music Clinics and musical performance

WHERE: Sound Cafe, 2700 Chartres St.

WHEN: Tuesdays, Oct.2óNov. 20, 6ó8pm

COST: Free! 3. Dogs I Have Met book release party:

Author and SilenceIsViolence co-director Ken Foster has a new book out about dogs and the positive, nurturing role they can play in families and neighborhoods. Particularly in these days, when dogs are too frequently associated with and exploited for violent ends, Kenís work seeks to explore and re-assert the fundamentally protective and peaceful relationship between dogs and humans. There will be an exhibit of historic images of the pit bull, a particular interest of Kenís, on display during the party.

WHAT: Book release party featuring the Hot 8 Brass Band

WHERE: Sound Cafe, 2700 Chartres St.

WHEN: Wednesday, Oct. 3, 7ó9pm

COST: Free!

We look forward to seeing many of you this week.

Ken and Baty