NEW ORLEANS—On Saturday, Sept. 16, City of New Orleans officials will join CeaseFire New Orleans and NOLA FOR LIFE partners, faith- and community-based organizations, non-profits, residents, local businesses and schools to host the fourth annual CeaseFire Peace Festival in Central City.
“Every resident of New Orleans must play a part in fighting crime in our city. I am proud of the work CeaseFire continues to do to interrupt violence and change behaviors in our city,” said Mayor Mitch Landrieu. “Peace Festival continues to inspire unity in New Orleans and encourage people to get involved.”
Presented by CeaseFire New Orleans staff members, the festival is a celebration of the communities and organizations that are working in concert to end gun violence. The goals of the CeaseFire Peace Festival are to raise awareness in young adults about their roles in ending shootings and murders in our neighborhoods, highlight ways we can work together to create peace and safety across the city, and celebrate New Orleans culture.
The event, which is open to the public, will take place on Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard between Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Thalia Street from 3 p.m - 7 p.m. Last year’s Peace Festival drew more than 400 attendees and 20 partners.
The event will include a host of activities and entertainment for youth and families:
- New Orleans Fire Department Truck Demonstration
- Kids’ Area featuring face and finger painting and other arts & crafts
- Health screenings by the University Medical Center and the Institute of Women and Ethnic Studies (IWES)
- Inspirational speakers/presenters
- Performances by DJ Jubilee, Keedy Black, T.Ray the Violinist and others.
Service providers will include StriveNOLA, Café’ Reconcile, Keedy Black’s Dancing Dolls, 100 Black Men of New Orleans, Limitless VISTAS, Inc., Providence Community Housing, Jericho Road Episcopal Housing Initiative, Dryades YMCA, Evacuteer, New Orleans Library, Odyssey House – New Orleans, IWES, Urban League of New Orleans, First Line Schools, Caring Hearts Professional Health Services, Trafigura Work and Learn Store, NOLA Run and Voice of the Experienced.
CeaseFire New Orleans staff uses PeaceFest as an opportunity to lift up all of the work that organizations and individuals are doing across the city. This celebration is in the spirit of these organizations, schools, communities, neighborhoods, families, and individuals.
Based on the CURE Violence model, which boasts a 40 percent–45 percent reduction in shootings and killings in program target areas, CeaseFire New Orleans is an initiative of NOLA FOR LIFE specifically aimed at reducing street violence in the Central City neighborhood. In 2013, CeaseFire New Orleans expanded to include a Hospital Crisis Intervention Team at the Interim LSU Hospital Trauma Unit. The CeaseFire model uses violence interrupters and outreach workers with street credibility to interrupt and resolve potentially violent situations before they escalate. The CeaseFire Violence Interrupters also seek to prevent retaliatory shootings by mediating ongoing conflicts between groups. In addition, CeaseFire New Orleans aims to change community norms about violence by mobilizing support services and the larger community to demand a change in behaviors that lead to shootings and killings.
About NOLA FOR LIFE
Launched in May 2012, NOLA FOR LIFE is New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu's comprehensive strategy to tackle the city's historically high murder rate. Recognizing that law enforcement alone cannot solve the murder problem, NOLA FOR LIFE takes a holistic approach to get to the root of the problem and implements initiatives in five main categories: Stop the Shooting, Invest in Prevention, Promote Jobs and Opportunity, Strengthen the NOPD and Get Involved and Rebuild Neighborhoods. In the five years since NOLA FOR LIFE launched, there has been a 25 percent reduction in murder rate. For more information, visit www.nolaforlife.org and tune in to NOLA FOR LIFE original programming 24/7 on Cox Cable Channel 99.