Yesterday, our boss man Russell Simmons did what he does best, and that's use his platform for the well being of others.
In observance of Peace Week, which is being held in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s legacy of non-violence, LIFE Camp, Inc., a New York City nonprofit, held a press conference at NYC City Hall yesterday.
In attendance were young adults, mothers who lost their children to gun violence, and community experts, who all gathered to lay out solutions and launch the fourth annual New York Peace Week (January 15–22, 2013). Along with Uncle Rush, community leaders at the event included activist Erica Ford, NYC Council members Leroy Comrie, Ruben Wills, Jumaane D. Williams and Terrie M. Williams.
During the press conference, the community leaders spoke about the need for increased awareness of the gun-related deaths ravaging inner-city communities and detailed the initiatives undertaken by their respective organizations to help combat the epidemic.
Russell called for increased funding for programs aimed at combating violence amongst inner-city youth as a primary tool in the fight against the epidemic. He stated:
“What we need from the national level down to the city and state levels is a focus on these matters."
Peace Week, a series of events designed to create a culture of peace throughout New York City for seven days, aims to combat the challenges facing young people in New York City, where Black children are killed regularly.