Thursday, May 14, 2009

Calling All Men

Posted By on Thu, May 14, 2009 at 2:41 PM

Yes We Care, a nonviolent grassroots movement, is looking for answers to stop the escalating murders in New Orleans. The group is holding a meeting today at Walter L. Cohen High School, 3520 Dryades St., starting at 6:30 p.m. and is inviting all men in the area to attend.

     Rev. John Raphael, a spokesman for the group, says there will also be various volunteer organizations on hand at the meeting, hoping to enlist local men as mentors. Raphael says people in New Orleans’ neighborhoods are fearful and that this is a chance for men to step up and make a difference.

     “Men haven’t taken a leading role in responding to the violence,” Raphael says. “Many of these young men don’t positive role models in their lives.”

     Earlier this week, Shaka Miller, a 13-year-old boy, was gunned down in eastern New Orleans, and another boy, 14-year-old Joshua Tripps, has been arrested and charged with the murder.  

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