The following update comes from Silence Is Violence:
We held our first City Walk this past Sunday, walking from the Marigny to the Seventh Ward. It was truly invigorating to bridge these two neighborhoods on foot and to bring our two communities together at Seal’s Class Act in the Seventh Ward. This Sunday we will start back at Seal’s and walk into Mid-City. If you are a resident of the Seventh Ward and/or Mid-City, please join us, whether along the route or for the reception at Parkway Tavern, where the Rebirth Brass Band will perform. (Of course, all are welcome, whether from these neighborhoods or elsewhere!)
Here is the complete route:
START: 7pm, Seal’s Class Act (2169 Aubry St., at the intersection of N.Miro and St. Bernard). Cross St. Bernard on N. Miro; follow N. Miro to Esplanade Ave. Turn RIGHT on Esplanade and LEFT onto Broad St. Continue on Broad to Dumaine St.; turn RIGHT and follow Dumaine to Bayou St. John. Turn LEFT at the Bayou and LEFT onto Toulouse St. STOP: 8pm, Parkway Bakery & Tavern (538 Hagan Avenue); reception with the Rebirth Brass Band. Transportation will be provided back to Seal’s between 8 and 9pm.
It is remarkable how strong the impulse is to reclaim the streets of our city by walking. Mayor Nagin, for instance, has begun a series of crime walks in different sections of the city on alternating Fridays. And just as we began our SilenceIsViolence City Walks this past week, Pastors Raphael (New Hope Baptist Church) and Gabriel (Progressive Baptist Church) were starting their own series of walks through Central City. The Central City walks will take place every evening through late April. They begin at 5pm at New Hope (1809 LaSalle St.) and move through different parts of the neighborhood each day, ending with a prayer circle at the intersection of Felicity and South Robertson at 6pm. Please go out and support Pastor Raphael’s walks one of these evenings if you canand whatever neighborhood you live in, re-assert your right to sit on your stoop, to stand on the sidewalks, and to walk through the streets of our city. We must send a message to criminalsand to each otherthat we will not be chased from our own streets.