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Press Release: S/V anniversary

Date: Tue, Jan. 08, 2008

For immediate release

For more information please contact:

Baty Landis

504- 948-0917 SilenceIsViolence

a campaign for peace in New Orleans

Will hold a memorial, press conference, and concert to mark the one-year anniversary of the SilenceIsViolence organization

Friday, January 11, 2008


Steps of City Hall: 1300 Perdido Street 9pm

Howlin’ Wolf: 907 S. Peters Street

On January 11, 2007, thousands of New Orleans citizens marched together to City Hall to decry the violence that was gripping our city. Spiraling crime in late 2006 and the early days of 2007, and in particular the deaths of two local artists, musician Dinerral Shavers and filmmaker Helen Hill, became a catalyst for citizen engagement. We marched to grieve loved ones and neighbors lost to violence, and to call for more decisive action by officials in law enforcement, criminal justice, and City Hall. On that day, citizens from all parts of the city had a chance to speak directly to our leaders and each other about their fears and hopes, opening an anti-violence dialogue with our city’s leadership and establishing the foundation for the programs SilenceIsViolence currently sponsors. SilenceIsViolence continues to serve as a symbol and channel for the citizen voices and engagement in the pursuit of public safety in every community of New Orleans.

To mark the one-year anniversary of the March for Survival, a noon memorial on the steps of City Hall will remember those who have been murdered in our city in the year since January 11, 2007. A press conference to follow will address progress and continuing challenges in public safety from the citizen’s perspective. Nakita Shavers, Jake Hill, and SilenceIsViolence founders Baty Landis and Ken Foster will speak. Topics will include:

• Acknowledgement of support and collaboration from many local agencies.

• Hopeful signs of progress toward sustainable public safety in our neighborhoods.

• The future organizational model and goals of SilenceIsViolence.

• Ideas for citizen participation and activism in our communities and our judicial system. On the evening of January 11, 2008, we will hold a memorial concert at the Howlin’ Wolf to benefit the Dinerral Shavers Educational Fund, featuring the Hot 8 Brass Band. We invite anyone with an interest in public safety in New Orleans, and in the role of citizen actions and voices toward securing our own public safety, to attend these events.