Peace By Piece
A.F.S.C New Orleans, La
Since 2010, Peace by Piece has been working to do its relatively small part (amidst countless local efforts) to reduce the incidence of crime in the city. Facilitating conflict resolution workshops for youth; hosting community events that give young people artistic outlets as alternatives to violence; and organizing the Transforming Oppression Fashion Show, a platform for young people to creatively write their own narrative about injustice and its impact on their lives, collectively represent our traditional approach to promoting peace building and nonviolence.
One event that attempts to rally the community around peace and nonviolence is the Peace is Power Parade. On Saturday, September 20, 2014, Peace by Piece hosted its third annual parade. The event featured a parade through Central City (one of New Orleans’ most affected crime areas) and a youth talent showcase in a park next to City Hall. The parade is a community-wide event and a public pledge to make New Orleans safer for its young people.
George’s death and the insufferable deaths of so many African American boys and men speak to the needs of a demographic that is figuratively and literally dying. Inevitably, Peace by Piece won’t facilitate, program or parade an end to violence, but will leverage opportunities like the Peace Parade to raise awareness, organize and influence local policies to create a safer New Orleans where young people don’t simply survive, they thrive.