Calling All AmeriCorps Alums, Members and Friends of Service
Community March Against Violence – Sunday, April 7th at 8pm
For Immediate Release
New Orleans, LA – Late Monday night, an AmeriCorps member who had come to New Orleans to live and serve in the community was shot and killed in the Carrollton neighborhood. For those who are outraged by this and other acts of violence that occur regularly throughout our city, there will be a silent candlelight vigil and march to demonstrate our strength as a community and our support of those who dedicate their lives to service. The Community March Against Violence is a community solidarity event, not a memorial service. It will not be used as a forum for discussion, interviews, or speeches.
Those interested in attending should meet at the corner of Jeannette and Dublin Street on Sunday, April 7th at 8pm. The Community March Against Violence will proceed down Jeannette, turn right onto Eagle, and return towards Carrollton on Birch. Please bring your own candle.
For those of you who wish to attend but cannot, feel free to join in spirit by lighting a candle wherever you are.
For questions, contact Andreas Hoffmann, Green Light New Orleans: 504-342-4966
Late Monday night, an AmeriCorps NCCC team member was shot and killed in the Carrollton neighborhood. Joseph Massenburg joined NCCC to give back to the community and his team had been doing energy efficiency work with Green Light New Orleans. Everybody at Green Light New Orleans is deeply saddened by Joe’s death. The outpouring of support and solidarity in the wake of this horrific event from the AmeriCorps community, nonprofit partners, and others is overwhelming.
We know that people are as outraged as we are about this senseless violence and that many are interested in doing something to express their support for Joe, for AmeriCorps, and for the community affected by the crime. In deference to the situation and to Joe’s family, however, we would like to encourage people to hold off on any response directly relating to Joe at this time. If we become aware of any wishes of the family, we will communicate as quickly and as openly as possible so that the community can be involved in plans to honor Joe’s memory.
If you have the desire to take immediate action, we would like to encourage you to write a letter giving your condolences to Joe’s fellow AmeriCorps NCCC team members. To demonstrate your support for their team and the work that they have chosen to do, write to:
2715 Confederate Ave.
Vicksburg, MS 39180If you have any questions, please email Green Light New Orleans at firstname.lastname@example.org.