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Sunday, July 10, 2016

Alton Sterling peace vigil second line in New Orleans July 10

Posted By on Sun, Jul 10, 2016 at 12:27 PM

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Alton Sterling Peace Vigil March and Second Line

Sunday, July 10, 2016 5-7pm

Today’s peace march and second line is being spearheaded by Charles ‘Action Jackson’, radio DJ for WWOZ radio and ‘second line ambassador’, to show support for the family of Alton Sterling, who was killed by Baton Rouge police officers. “I’m tired.”, says a weary sounding Jackson. “I am a young Black man, born and raised in 9th ward. Fo so much killing going on, nobody more on radio that has a voice than me. I have to use that voice to keep people calm, to work with the police.”

Jackson, who worked over 36 years in law enforcement, says he can relate to the stresses police officers are under. “They have to make split decisions.” But says the goal of today’s event is “to stop the killing, stop the violence. We come in peace. We want to help everyone stay calm.”

Organizers are asking participants to wear white and black for solidarity. Jackson emphasizes that this is not a “normal second line” with people “jumping on buildings and cars.” A large portion of the march will be done without music, picking up the band once they pass the railroad tracks on St. Claude Avenue. “We’re coming in peace. This is a march to honor this young man. And we want police to walk with us too.” Adding, “Sometimes stuff happens and [the police] did something the wrong way. We gotta let the law decide.”

Jackson has the support of other community leaders in organizing today’s event. Barbara Lacen Keller, founding member of Lady Buckjumpers and assistant to Council President Stacy Head, along with Tamara Jackson of the Social Aid and Pleasure Club Task Force and other staffers from WWOZ are helping coordinate efforts for today’s event. They are still raising money to pay for the permit and police escort to accompany the march. To find out more information or to donate via paypal, send queries and/or donations to Jackson’s wife Ophelia Jackson at opheliabrooks4545@gmail.com.

(route details below)

START: Prayer and Candle lighting New Orleans Healing Center 2372 St Claude Ave.

Second Line mural by Frankie and Johnny’s Furniture Store 2600 St. Claude Ave.

Silent Procession down St. Claude Ave. cross railroad tracks. brass band music begins at U-Haul 2936 St Claude Ave, continue down St. Claude to Poland Ave.; U-turn back up St. Claude Ave.

END: Mural at Frankie and Johnny’s Furniture Store 2600 St. Claude Ave.

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