“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.
The SERO Southeast STAR is the quarterly newsletter of the South East Regional Office of AFSC. It covers news from our regional and area offices. This issue has a special focus on the New Orleans Project.
New Orleans Peace Building & Economic Justice Project
Effort underway to re-open Circle Food Store
Fresh bell peppers, Eater candy and school uniforms are synonymous with the iconic and now shuttered Circle Food Store which sits at the corner of N. Claiborne and St. Bernard Avenues. For 87 years the Circle store has served as one stop shopping experience for the 7th Ward neighborhood. It was also the only Black owned grocery in New Orleans.
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