According thesource.com, Hip-Hop Against Gun & Gang Violence Week started Friday, as proclaimed by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the New York City Council and Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano. The Source marks this historic occasion by providing readers with a bullet point summary of the Empire State’s Constitution-defiling SAFE Act (not set to music). They also point celebrants to hhsyc.org for a list of events tied to this week of anti-gun activism. None listed. But Hip Hop 4 Peace is number eight on the Hip Hop Summit Youth Council, Inc.’s list of projects and programs, as follows . . .
The purpose of this project is to improve the image and unity within the Hip-Hop Community while reducing crime and violence in our schools, home and community. Celebrities, elected officials, community and business leaders will educate our youths about the consequences of illegal firearms, gang violence, criminal activities and war. Celebrities will produce PSA’s, visit schools, youth centers, prisons and housing projects to reinforce our message and offer incentives to participants that help us in our efforts to reduce gun crimes, war and violence. There will be support from our Artists & Student Mediation Board and Senate Minority Leader Malcolm Smith’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Gang Violence Prevention. Participants that are incarcerated, recently released from jail, on parole, probation or a work release program will have an opportunity to volunteer their time towards mentoring at-risk youth and mediating disputes that could lead to violence.
Nothing like celebrities making themselves feel saintly and an unaccountable reward-a-con program to stop gang bangers from gunning each other down I always say. We’ll scan the news for those elusive Hip-Hop Against Gun & Gang Violence Week events and keep you posted. You know, if we find any.