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Apr 16

Pensacola Housing and Increase the Peace

Posted on April 16, 2014 at 1:34 pm by Dawn Corrigan

Cyco Cycle 3 On March 29, 2014, Pensacola Housing participated in the third “Increase the Peace” event at Morris Court Park, organized by business manager and Pensacola native Tasha Nixon. A combination street fair, block party and peace rally, the first Increase the Peace was put together by Ms. Nixon in response to the violent death of Ronica Nicole Sconiers last year. The first event in March 2013 was such a success that a second event was held in July 2013, followed by the third one in March of this year.

The purpose of Increase the Peace is summarized in a poem by Sandra G. Rudolph James that was distributed at the most recent rally:

“Let’s take back our communities and streets
And demonstrate our love … to … increase the peace.”

Tasha and Children SmallerIn addition to Pensacola Housing, organizations participating in the March event included Pathways for Change, the City of Pensacola Police Department, Boys and Girls Club, Area Housing Commission, Gulf Coast Kid’s House, Escambia County Health Department, Salvation Army, New Life Christian Center, Friendship Primitive Baptist, the A.C.T.S. Program, and Truth for Youth.

Raffle Bicycles SmallerOne of the goals of Ms. Nixon (pictured above, with children at the rally) is that everything at the event is free. On the 29th there was free food and drink, a live DJ, face painting for kids, dancing, and spoken word performance.

A highlight was the beautiful bicycles that the Salvation Army raffled off for 10 lucky winners.

PAIN Panel 2 for Catherine Angelica Lindsey SmallerA more sobering display was presented by P.A.I.N., or Parents Against Injustice and Negligence. P.A.I.N. was formed in December 2012 by local families who’ve lost a loved one to homicide, and needed a way to come together in grief.

At Morris Court Park, members of P.A.I.N. displayed panels telling the stories of their lost loved ones, such as the panel (pictured left) sharing some of the life story of Catherine Angelica Lindsey, a victim of domestic violence who was found murdered in February 2011.

Housing Information Board SmallerPensacola Housing staff members gave out fresh fruit, distributed information, and answered questions about housing programs including Housing Choice Voucher rental assistance and first-time homebuyer programs.

We thank Ms. Nixon for the opportunity to participate in this event.