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New Orleans - Saturday 17 October 2015 - Building a sustainable future: Coming together to end poverty and discrimination

Event report

A beautiful blue sky, very pleasant temperatures. We gathered around 3pm that day at A.L. Davis Park in Central City. At first just a handful of us, but by 3.30 it was nearly 60 people getting ready to march. The Royal Players Brass Band started playing and opened the march. We had colorful banners that were prepared by the children of the Street Libraries the weeks before the event. Marching in music on the streets, people came out the see what was going on. Some would look at the banners “Dignity Not Poverty” and “Leave No One Behind” and would give a thumb up or nod with their head to express their approval.

The march ended at First Street Peck Wesley United Methodist Church. There, we had snacks and drinks for people to relieve their thirst. The band left us, going to another event, and we entered the church where Rev. Orphe welcomed us all. Mr Troy Douse –who lives in the 7th Ward- was our Master of Ceremony and lead 50 of us through a simple yet very touching commemoration.

After the more formal part of the commemoration, we watched a short video that was showing different perspectives on the theme for this year’s event Building a sustainable Future: Coming together to end poverty and discrimination. We then divided ourselves into small groups. A collective art workshop was used in each group as an ice breaker. Braiding pieces of fabric before braiding our respective experiences.

The braids were then assembled to form a chain. Groups gathered to form a human chain while singing Lean on me.

We ended our gathering with a shared meal prepared with much love by community members. Every participant left with a piece of braid, a material memory of the day.

Event description

We believe some of the factors that play a major role in” Building a  sustainable future: Coming together to end poverty and discrimination” are; Solidarity, shared responsibility, commitment, respecting the dignity of each person , mobilization, and linking poverty & Human Rights. On October 17, 2015 The New Orleans team has planned an eventful and informative day for the community!

October 17th is the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty! In recognition and solidarity, we will be marching from AL Davis Park to United Methodist Church on Dryades St. in recognition of people facing poverty here in New Orleans and all over the world. The march is open to anyone and everyone!

There will be snacks at the church and we will have some team building activities, live testimonies, and a video presentation with local community leaders.

We will have a collective art workshop with fabric pieces at the United Methodist Church as well. If possible, bring a piece of fabric around 21x2-3 inches for the project.

There will be kids activities too with Ms. Hao.

Order of Event   

March against poverty

Video Presentation

Collective Creative Art

Story circle

Solemn Commemoration

Shared meal

2309 Dryades Street, First Street Peck Wesley United Methodist Church,Rev. Martha Orphe
New Orleans
United States