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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Nov. 21, 2008

Aim4Peace coordinates city Hater Free Movement

The City of Kansas City, Mo., Aim4Peace: Movement to Stop the Shooting, an initiative of the City Manager’s Office, last night kicked-off a three-day celebration to commemorate the start of a six-month Aim4Peace Hater Free Movement campaign.

The opening event at Genesis School Inc. and Don Bosco Education Center featured Aim4Peace Street Intervention Team members, special guest speakers Big Lou from New York and Angelo “Barefoot Pookie” White from California along with local street leaders and the Chain Gang Parolees music group. At the event, the Aim4Peace Team and panelists engaged more than 200 students, roughly 90 percent of who claimed “hood” gang affiliations.

The kick-off events continued today at De La Salle Education Center and Westport High School with “Real Talk” panel discussions and live performances by local rap artists. Kick-off events end Nov. 22, with Aim4Peace team members engaging the community in targeted areas with street-level conversations. The Aim4Peace team will collect referrals for mediation and recruit students to participate in the program.

“The Aim4Peace Hater Free Movement will build healthy relationships through effective mentorships between influential men and women in the community and high-risk youth,” said Wayne A. Cauthen, city manager. “The movement also will help decrease the retaliation/revenge-related violence in the city.”

Details and events associated with the six-month movement will be released as they become available.

The Kansas City Police Department’s East Patrol has not reported a shooting in the past five days. Aim4Peace is calling on all residents to help make the next six months “Hater Free” and promote peace in our community. For more information, call Tracie McClendon at (816) 513-7902.

For more information about the Aim4Peace program or how to get involved, call (816) 513-7902 or visit http://www.kcmo.org/aim4peace.

    
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