A recent announcement that New Orleans residents will obtain 40 percent of jobs at a city construction project represents a major step forward for a campaign that combined patience and persistence to result in a win-win for residents and the city.
The campaign for a “First Source” ordinance began almost three years ago, when Malcolm Suber, then a consultant, organized a conference to consider how $5 billion in anticipated post-Katrina reconstruction funds would best support community development.
“You don’t want to go to war with New Orleans! We Want Our Peace! Gotta Have Our Peace!”
Thus chanted youth and community members as they stepped out against violence on the streets of New Orleans in honor of the International Day of Peace, September 18, 2010. The New Orleans staff of the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) partnered with Calliope Puppets and the Green Project to host the “Peace is Power Giant Puppet Parade,” an artistic pledge to nonviolence.
AFSC is a Quaker organization devoted to service, development, and peace programs throughout the world. Our work is based on the belief in the worth of every person, and faith in the power of love to overcome violence and injustice. Learn more
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