What is it?
The Season of Peace Project is a proven and unique community based partnership that builds alliances between traditionally-conflicting constituencies to create a possibility of peace and the end of the era of violence in our communities. They include:
- Faith based institutions
- Law Enforcement
- Community Organizations
- Youth engaged in street life (Gangs and gang members)
The Season of Peace is a specific period of time in which youth, in and out of gangs, agree to a cease-fire or stating that during said period they agree to not engage in violent acts. No shots are fired during the period.
The 1st Season of Peace Period will run from June 8 to June 15. Our pilot project, the Season of Peace will be held in the following cities:
- Boston, MA
- Camden, NJ
- Chicago, IL
- Las Vegas, NV
- Oakland, CA
- Salinas, CA
- Sacrmento, CA
The 2d Season of Peace Period will run the last 6 weeks of 2015. It will coincide with the holiday period from Thanksgiving to New Years Day 2016. RECAP will scale the project to align with the cities prepared to come on board.
How does it work?
Season of Peace has five critical elements
- Community walks
- Street side Memorial Services
- Faith sponsored “Peace meals” and organized outreach
- Cease Fire Agreements with Gang Leaders
- Coordination with law enforcement
Why work with faith-based institutions?
Every community, no matter how rich or how poor, has certain institutions that form the basis of our greater social life beyond family life. There are 4 that are almost always found:
- Police and law enforcement
- Schools and educational organizations
- Financial institutions from banks to check cashing stores
- Community-based and Faith-based institutions
Faith based institutions have a natural and abiding commitment to the communities of which they are a part. Faith leaders are leaders in their neighborhoods and have a skills set that leads to building relationships and expanding community.