While our primary goal is helping you with legal advice, services, and representation, the team at the Cossé Law Firm also takes great pride in the contributions that we make to the New Orleans community.
As part of its community outreach efforts, the Cossé Law Firm recently sponsored a Stop the Violence rally at the Edith Sampson Playground in New Orleans.
Across the United States, Stop the Violence rallies are being held this summer to raise awareness of domestic violence and youth-related violent crimes in a number of communities.
WHAT IS THE GOAL OF “STOP THE VIOLENCE” RALLIES?
The goal of the Stop the Violence rallies is to help our young people understand the consequences of engaging in violent behavior and to provide our young people with the tools they need to prevent violence.
Stop the Violence rallies also offer the victims of domestic violence the resources they need to seek safety and protect their families. Stop the Violence rallies take place throughout the United States.
The most recent rally in New Orleans – at the Edith Sampson Playground – was hosted on July 28th by the Next Generation of Original Morning Star Full Gospel Baptist Church in the Desire area. The Cossé Law Firm was proud to be a sponsor of the event.
People from all parts of the New Orleans community attended the rally to show their support for these worthy causes. One was Gwen Williams. “This is about saving lives,” she told the Times-Picayune. “We need to show young people there are people out here rooting for them.”
WHAT IS THE FOCUS OF A “STOP THE VIOLENCE” RALLY?
The rally focused on giving adults and children the tools they need to put an end to violent crime in New Orleans. The family-friendly event also featured great live music, plenty of tasty food, and plenty of fun and attractions for the kids.
The first five hundred children who arrived at the event received backpacks stuffed with brand new school supplies.
Michael Willis, one of the rally’s organizers, grew up in New Orleans and has seen crime and violence here his entire life. He says, “We need to stop asking for help, we need to stand up and do something about this ourselves or else it’s never going to change.”
ARE MORE EVENTS BEING PLANNED?
Because of the high turnout for July’s Stop the Violence rally, Pastor Tyrone Smith told the Times-Picayune that it would be only the first in what is planned as a new monthly program aimed at strengthening community ties to reduce the rate of crime across New Orleans.
Pastor Smith said the monthly event will promote unity and show young people there are better opportunities in life. The pastor says his focus is on the young people who have not yet participated in the violence that so often arises here in New Orleans.
The team at the Cossé Law Firm joins many others in the New Orleans community in supporting these events and working for their success.
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