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Initiative to combat violence to be announced today at the King Center
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Initiative to combat violence to be announced today at the King Center

ATLANTA – The Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change and the Metropolitan Atlanta Violence Prevention Partnership (MAVPP) will join forces with local officials to announce a major initiative to combat violence in six metro Atlanta counties and eventually throughout the state of Georgia.

Violence prevention pioneers and elected officials will present a progressive Peace Plan as part of the 21st Century Nonviolence Movement during a press conference at 11 a.m. Monday,  August 15 at the King Center, 449 Auburn Avenue N.E.

“Violence is an issue that affects ALL socio-economic levels, including the homeless, racial and ethnic groups, and genders,” said Atlanta City Councilman C.T. Martin. “A new opportunity is now before us to create a legacy and turn the tide of violence for our children and our children’s children. This is the same message that Dr. King would have preached if he were with us today.”

“As the nation prepares to celebrate the opening of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial in Washington, D.C., I can think of no better way for Atlanta to demonstrate its commitment to Dr. King’s legacy of nonviolent social change than to engage our youth in building a metro Atlanta that lives without violence,” said Atlanta City Councilmember Kwanza Hall, whose district includes the King Historic District and the King Center.

During the August 15 press conference King Center officials will announce events in Atlanta leading up to the August 28th MLK National Memorial dedication and a bus convoy from Atlanta to the ceremonial event in Washington.

“Once again, Atlanta is at the vanguard by leading the nation in the 21st Century version of the nonviolence movement,” said James P. Griffin, Jr., Ph.D., Research Associate Professor, Morehouse School of Medicine Founder and Convener of the MAVPP. “When the nonviolence pioneers of the 1960s made their contributions to the world, it was not clear that they knew that they were writing history.  Dedicated to the groundbreaking work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., now the youth are at the core of this century’s nonviolence movement through the Metropolitan Atlanta Violence Prevention Partnership Peace Plan.”

The Peace Plan is aimed at coordinating great programs throughout metro Atlanta under one umbrella in hopes of educating and impacting hundreds of thousands or possibly millions of residents.

MAVPP and member organizations are soliciting 100,000 individual supporters of the 21st Century Nonviolence Movement Peace Plan by September 30, 2011. To sign up as a supporter, visit http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/thepeaceplan/

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