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New Orleans shakes off the negativity

New Orleans is a city plagued by violence, but it is also one that loves beauty, celebrates courage and generosity, and likes to show a genuine appreciation for fun and life.

So just weeks after Hurricane Isaac swept through their neighborhoods, young people filled New Orleans with colorful puppets, lively dances, and hopeful voices as they marched in the American Friends Service Committee's (AFSC) third annual Peace is Power Giant Puppet Parade.

That morning, volunteers gathered on Duncan Plaza, a historic site for organizers because it sits right in front of City Hall.

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New Orleans Workers Gain Construction Jobs

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.

“Skating for Peace” with Peace by Piece Nonviolence Youth Group

Friday, March 25, 2011 - 9:00pm - Saturday, March 26, 2011 - 12:00am

members of AFSC's Peace by Piece Team

Peace by Piece violence reduction training

Members of AFSC's New Orleans Project's Peace by Piece Team

Join the memebers of the New Orleans Project's "Peace by Piece" Team to have some fun and raise money to support their school and community work.

members of AFSC's Peace by Piece Team

Peace by Piece violence reduction training

Members of AFSC's New Orleans Project's Peace by Piece Team

Peace Recycled Art Classes

Monday, February 28, 2011 - 5:30pm - Wednesday, May 25, 2011 - 6:30pm

particpants in New Orleans Project's Recycled Peace Art Classes

New Orleans annual peace puppet parade

Youg artists howing off their creations at the annual Giant Peace Puppet Parade organized by AFSC staffer Ahmane Glover, Community Activist.

Ahmane Glover leads youth in art and healing classes. Using recycled materials and helping young people talk through the violence in their lives to reach peaceful resolution.

Classes continue March-May, every Monday and Wednesday from 5:30pm until 6:30PM.

particpants in New Orleans Project's Recycled Peace Art Classes

New Orleans annual peace puppet parade

Youg artists howing off their creations at the annual Giant Peace Puppet Parade organized by AFSC staffer Ahmane Glover, Community Activist.

“Poetry for Peace” Youth Night

Thursday, February 24, 2011 - 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Participant in AFSC New Orleans Project's violence reduction training

Participant in AFSC's New Orleans Projects Peace by Piece violence reduction training

Youth poets express their heartfelt wishes for peace and a reduction of violence in new Orleans.  the event follows several weeks when the murder rate for teenage black boys has topped 3 per week.

Participant in AFSC New Orleans Project's violence reduction training

Participant in AFSC's New Orleans Projects Peace by Piece violence reduction training

Peace Is Power Giant Puppet Parade

Marchers in the puppet parade

Marchers in the New Orleans' "Peace is Power Puppet Parade". More pictures from Ted Quant available on his flickr stream.

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