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March 28 update

Date: Fri, Mar. 28, 2008

March 28, 2008

Hi, everyone.

This morning, Mayor Nagin pledged his administration’s support for enhanced mental health services and a strengthened criminal justice system, among other local priorities for the upcoming legislative session. While most of Mayor Nagin’s assurances were characteristically vague, he did include specific calls for a ban on assault weapons and for expanded job training resources for prison inmates, the latter in a specific attempt to curb recidivism. We will all be watching with interest to see how the mayor follows through on these expressed priorities, and in hopes that he will bolster his overall rhetoric with greater policy details and programs.

Meanwhile, tomorrow SilenceIsViolence inaugurates an exciting new season of City Walks. Our Spring series of walks focuses on strategic community partnerships: By supporting the anti-violence initiatives of partnering organizations, we honor the mission of SilenceIsViolence to engage all citizens in securing our safety as a community. At the same time, we are reminded that most of us are on the same page when it comes to fundamental questions of public safety and peace in our city. Spring City Walk partners will include the City Heroes, Social Aid and Pleasure Club Task Force, and Holy Cross Neighborhood Association. If your group would like to team up with SilenceIsViolence for a City Walk in your area, please contact Jamie Christovich at (504) 838-3442 or

On Saturday, March 29, we will support the efforts of the City Year-sponsored “City Heroes,” student activists from McMain and Priestley high schools, as they lead an organized anti-violence march through the CBD. Here are the details:

City Heroes/CBD City Walk

Saturday, March 29, 9:45am

START: City Year office, 805 Howard Avenue.

Turn RIGHT on Baronne, then LEFT on Lafayette. Continue RIGHT on Loyola Avenue and LEFT on Perdido Street. STOP in front of City Hall for statement by the City Heroes.

From City Hall, proceed back to Poydras. Turn RIGHT on St. Charles Avenue. Walk around Lee Circle and return to City Year office, 805 Howard Avenue.

STOP: Address by Tania Tetlow, Director, Tulane Domestic Violence Law Clinic

Following the City Walk, City Heroes members will proceed to the Crescent House domestic violence shelter for a day of community service. We applaud and are inspired by the courage of these young New Orleanians as they take on a challenging topic and seek to make a real difference in their community.