Newark, NJ (BlackNews.com) -- They are calling on 10,000 strong for peace in streets. The Newark Anti-Violence Coalition (NAVC) will host the longest running anti-violence demonstration in the United States in the middle of the Intersection of Broadway and 3rd Avenue (the North Ward Section) in Newark, NJ. This demonstration will mark the 95th straight week the NAVC has been organizing anti-genocide (anti-violence) rallies in the city of Newark, NJ.
Concerned about the growing pandemic of violence plaguing Black and Brown neighborhoods, community activist Ras Baraka (the son of internationally and nationally respected poets and activists Imamu Amiri and Amina Baraka), Nation of Islam member David Muhammad, and Black Cops Against Police Brutality founder Delacy Davis, made the calls to create the N.A.V.C! The founding date of the N.A.V.C was on July 20th 2009; the date of the murder of Nakesia Allen, a mother of two children innocently killed by a Blackman trying to shoot at another Blackman in a drive by shooting while walking home from her neighborhood store on Meeker and Elizabeth Avenues in Newark, NJ.
The Newark Anti-Violence Coalition became a broad coalition of activists, teachers, principals, lawyers, revolutionary members of the Bloods, and Crips, social workers, progressives, churches and masjids (Mosques), community - based organizations, victims of violence, aunts, uncles, mothers, brothers, sisters, fathers, and concerned citizens of the community!
The N.A.V.C has been leading anti-violence civil disobedience protests, peace rallies, and demonstrations all over the city of Newark, N.J.'s major and minor intersections for 95 straight weeks. The strategy is simple: inconvenience the city by bringing traffic and business activity to a halt, to give attention to issue of violence, genocide, and self-genocide plaguing the city's Afrikan American and Latino American communities in Newark and throughout America!
Dawn Hayes, a member and organizer of Newark Anti-Violence Coalition, says, “the violence that is plaguing Black and Brown communities in Newark and around the world reflects deeper and neglected underlining issues such as poverty, drugs, the crisis in the family, the high incarceration rates of Black men and Women, joblessness, colonialism, neo-colonialism, White supremacy, Black and Brown self-hatred, and the counter intelligence program (COINTELPRO). We will dedicate our next 94th demo to the innocent killing of a Latino American senior citizen at that intersection!”
Bashir Akinyele, press officer, member and organizer of the Newark Anti-Violence Coalition, says, "It is a travesty that both Afrikan Americans and the larger American mainstream society have internalized and accepted this racist notion that Blacks and Latinos have no humanity worth giving any respect or attention to." He adds, "Black and Brown violence must be placed on a national agenda to make this problem a local and national public health emergency."
He continues on with this, "Unfortunately, America has closed its' eyes to the genocidal conditions raging in Black and Brown neighborhoods. These conditions will have grave consequences for the future of Afrikan Americans, Latino Americans, women, elders, children, and the United States of America if we as a society continue to ignore this disease!"
WHO: The Newark Anti-Violence Coalition (NAVC)
WHEN: Wednesday, May 18th 2011
6:00 P.M. Sharp
WHERE: In the Middle of the Intersection of Broadway and 3rd Avenue (the North Ward Section)
WHY: To protest the pandemic disease of Black and Brown self-genocide (self-destruction) plaguing the city of Newark, NJ and in Black and Brown America! The Demonstration will highlight the following issues:
* Educational budget cuts affecting our children, schools, and community.
* Ending police brutality, harassment, and the unfair treatment of our citizens by the police.
* The enforcement of the Amistad Bill in all public school curriculums in an effort to address and destroy systematic and internalized self-hatred.
* Calling for all street organizations (gangs) to lay down their guns and adopt non-violent conflict resolution strategies.
* The lack of jobs.
* Community organizing to end urban street violence plaguing the city of Newark (i.e. Motivating citizens to join in the struggle to make our streets safe.)
* The immediate demand for urban street violence deemed a Public Health Emergency in the city of Newark.
* The calling for the restoration of the position of Chief of the Newark Police Department.
* To point out Mayor Cory Booker and his administration's unwillingness to meet and work with key community-based leaders and organizations to help reduce the level of violence in Newark by organizing a mammoth town hall meeting!
About The Newark Anti-Violence Coalition:
The Newark Anti-Violence Coalition is a community-based organization composed of many community leaders, community organizations, religious leaders, races of people, and concerned citizens committed to stopping the pandemic disease of violence plaguing Afrikan American and Latino American communities in the city of Newark, NJ and throughout the tri-state area! They tirelessly organize and challenge the people, the block, the streets, the schools, the clergy, and elected officials one mind at a time to fight violence of any kind! Their rallying cry is the following: Stop the Shooting! Stop the Killing! Stop the Violence! Black Power! All Power to the People! Hotep (Peace)! For more information, visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/pages/Newark-Anti-Violence-Coaltion/187817488230