Choose Peace Event

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1. Teen Members of the Los Angeles Police Department Explorer's program
2. Team Members from Echo Parenting
3. Young Choose Peace Face Painter
4. Members of Manhood Camp
5. Choose Peace Panel Discussion Participants
6. Team Members from City View Park Library
7. Team Member from National Alliance of Mental Illness Urban LA (NAMI)
8. Team Members from Concerned Black Men of Los Angeles
9. Los Angeles City Council President Herb J. Wesson Jr.

August 26, 2012. Many families and individuals gathered to hear music, obtain vital resource information and celebrate peace at the first annual Choose Peace Community Celebration and Information Fair.

This free community resource and entertainment event was created as a response to a drive by shooting that occurred in the Leimert Park area this past June. The Choose Peace crowd was entertained by a wonderful selection of performers including the First African Methodist Episcopal (FAME) Church Youth Choir, Fernando Pullum Community Arts Youth Performers, gospel recording star, Pastor Michael JT Fisher PKA J. Kingdom and many others. Organizations providing resource materials and information included Los Angeles Urban League, National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI), Los Angeles Police Department's Explorers Program, Echo Parenting, The View Park Public Library, Homeboy Industries (Gang Prevention Program) and the AIDS Health Foundation (AHF) mobile testing vehicle. City Council President Herb J. Wesson Jr. came by to share words of encouragement and congratulations. After his remarks, Mr. Wesson delighted the crowd with a demonstration of the two step.

The event featured an engaging panel discussion on how peace in the home promotes peace in the community. The diverse panel body included; Los Angeles Police Officer Sunny SaSa Jima, Walter Pittman from the Los Angeles Urban League, and Grace Lee of Concern Black Men of Los Angeles. The panel was hosted by Choose Peace organizer Thea Monyee. Choose Peace was presented by Manhood Camp and sponsored in part by The los Angeles Sentinel, Walgreens, Dr. Paul M. Guidry, 7/11, Broadway Federal Bank, Heaven Sent Business Center, Black Lyte Entertainment, Victory in Christ Christian Fellowship (VICCF) and Angelus Funeral Home.

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