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13 June, 2016

HOUSE OF UMOJA, INC. TO LAUNCH CITY-WIDE PUBLIC SAFETY INITIATIVE AT 6/17/2016 - 9:00 AM (E.D.T.) PRESS CONFERENCE


HOUSE OF UMOJA, INC.
5625 W. Master Street
Philadelphia, PA  19131
(215) 473-5893
Facsimile:  (215) 879-5340

 

P R E S S    R E L E A S E

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

CONTACT:

 
Queen Mother Falaka Fattah
House of Umoja, Inc.
(215) 473-5893
E-Mail:  falakafattah@aol.com

 

HOUSE OF UMOJA, INC. LAUNCHES CITY-WIDE PUBLIC SAFETY INITIATIVE IN RESPONSE TO RISING HOMICIDE RATES WITH FRIDAY, 17 JUNE 2016 – 9:00 A.M. PRESS CONFERENCE

 

 

            PHILADELPHIA, PA (USA) – 13 June 2016  -- History, when left unheeded, repeats itself.  Forty eight years ago, in 1968, the streets and school yards of the City of Philadelphia were awash in bloody and deadly violence precipitated by gang “turf wars”.  The out of control gang violence became the catalyst for the founding of the House of Umoja, Inc. (www.houseofumoja.org) which took on the mission of bringing peace to the city – a mission that culminated with an overwhelming majority of gangs permanently laying down their weapons and signing the Imani Peace Pact, crafted by Mr. David Fattah.   In 2016, forty eight years later, a rising homicide rate together with violent clashes playing out in the streets of the City of Philadelphia – the nation’s fifth largest metropolitan area – has become the catalyst for the House of Umoja, Inc.’s launch of a city-wide public safety initiative – the “Imani Peace Campaign” which will be unveiled at a press conference scheduled for Friday, 17 June 2016 beginning at 9:00 A.M. (E.D.T.) and concluding at 11:00 A.M. (E.D.T.) in Room 400, the City Council Caucus Room, in City Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 

 

 

               “It is not by accident that the launch of the House of Umoja, Inc.’s city-wide Public Safety Initiative is occurring at the beginning of Father’s Day weekend.  There are far too many Fathers in our city who have buried their children – the “heart and soul” of the village -- due to senseless violence.  And there are far too many children who are growing up Fatherless because their Father’s life was cut short by a hail of bullets.  Thus far, in 2016, there have been at least 111 homicides.  Forty-two years ago, a generation of young men chose peace over violence, signed the Imani Peace Pact, promised not to engage in any acts of violence, and demonstrated to the City of Philadelphia and the world that their word is their bond.  These same generation of young men are now Fathers, Grandfathers and even Great Grandfathers  who have not engaged in violence for forty-two years.  We are asking a new generation of young men and young women to honor their Fathers, Grandfathers and Great Grandfathers by signing the Imani Pledge and abstaining from violence.   Transforming the current violent and psychologically traumatizing environment of our great city is a shared responsibility.  We are asking concerned citizens, clergy of all faiths and denominations, legislators, educators, school administrators, community activists, Fatherhood advocates and practitioners, Restorative Justice and Reintegration Thought Leaders, health care professionals and providers, and social services professionals and providers to join us on Friday, 17 June 2016 at the press conference.  We all have ‘pieces of the puzzle’ to moving our children – the village’s ‘heart and soul’, and its ‘Next Generation of Leaders, Husbands, Fathers, Wives, and Mothers’ -- to commit to nonviolence,” remarked Queen Mother Falaka Fattah, the Co-Coordinator for the Imani Peace Campaign and Founder of the House of Umoja, Inc.

 

            For further information regarding the press conference scheduled for Friday, 17 June 2016 at 9:00 A.M. (E.D.T.) and the House of Umoja, Inc.’s Public Safety Initiative – the “Imani Peace Campaign”, contact the House of Umoja, Inc. by calling (215) 473-5893 or send an e-mail to:  falakafattah@aol.com.

 

            For further information about the House of Umoja, Inc., visit its website at www.houseofumoja.org.


 

 

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