Monday, August 18, 2008

D.C. Youth Create Anti-Violence Commercial

Those of you who live in the Washington, D.C. area know that this summer has been violent, particularly among youth. The D.C. Police Department launched 'All Hands on Deck' in an effort to curb the violence in the Northeast neighborhood of Trinidad, where several homicides occurred. Anyone who couldn't show proof that they lived in that neighborhood weren't allowed in. Although some residents and community members opposed the initiative, calling it a violation of their constitutional rights, something had to be done.


"After a violent summer that claimed the lives of too many of their peers, some DC kids are speaking out with a creative new video.The local organization Neighbors of Seaton Place, Inc. produced the 30-second commercial, entitled "My Plea, Our Plea," and plan to run it on CNN, MSNBC, and BET networks through Comcast cable.

The ad features local teens reading original poetry about the violence they've witnessed and pleading for peace.

Organizers hope that DC youth will respond to their peers speaking to them in their own language, something adults admit they can't do."