Peace rally in New Orleans is planned by De La Salle and Archbishop Rummel high schools

By NOLA Community  on April 04, 2014 at 6:07 AM, updated April 04, 2014 at 6:33 AMClick here for the original article on NOLA.COM


De La Salle and Archbishop Rummel high schools will host a peace rally, Team Up Against Violence, April 12 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at Notre Dame Seminary, 2901 W. Carrolton Ave., in New Orleans.

At the rally, local public figures will speak to the students about peace campaigns and about their unique personal experiences. Speakers include Archbishop Gregory Aymond, who has spearheaded the New Orleans Archdiocese’s “Thou Shalt Not Kill” campaign; U.S. Attorney General Kenneth Polite, a graduate of De La Salle and champion of youth leadership in our city; Ryan Perriloux of the New Orleans Voodoo football team, who has had personal experience with violence; and Walter Bonam, a local victim of violence.

The goal of this event is to bring to the forefront a conversation about violence in the community and to encourage local youth to participate in positive activities within their schools and our neighborhoods.

Team Up Against Violence is an extension of De La Salle’s social justice initiative, a school-wide initiative led by students and serves to bring about a collective consciousness of important topics. The students chose the theme of peacemaking and nonviolence for this school year and have been engaging in various activities related to this topic. One such activity is the school’s recent “One Book for Justice” project, in which all De La Salle students and faculty read Tattoos on the Heart, a book about young people working to improve their own lives and their community.

The event is free, and all students in the New Orleans area are invited to attend. De La Salle aims to expand its promotion of nonviolence by including other local youth in its initiatives.


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