Today, Mayor Mitch Landrieu applauded the New Orleans hospitality community for making a significant contribution to the City’s comprehensive murder reduction strategy, NOLA FOR LIFE. On Thursday, March 27, hospitality industry leaders welcomed over 600 guests to a local fundraising event during which they presented Mayor Landrieu with a $78,000 donation to the NOLA FOR LIFE Fund.
NOLA, We Have a Problem
On Saturday, March 8, 2014, Mayor Mitch Landrieu, the New Orleans Pelicans and PlayNOLA kicked off season six of NOLA FOR LIFE Midnight Basketball, which focuses on providing safe recreational opportunities in crime hot spots for young men through basketball, mentorship and support.
NOLA FOR LIFE Midnight Basketball Season 6
On Saturday, March 8, 2014, the City of New Orleans, the New Orleans Pelicans and PlayNola will begin the sixth season of NOLA FOR LIFE Midnight Basketball.
The 10-week season welcomes a new sponsorship from Nike, including the donation of 150 new uniforms. Each week, members of the winning team will each receive a pair of tickets to a Pelicans home game and the team that wins the most tournaments by the season’s end will receive a $1,000 grand prize plus a championship package from Nike.
Mayor Mitch Landrieu issued the following statement on President Obama's My Brother's Keeper initiative--an effort to make sure that every young African American man who is willing to work hard and lift himself up has an opportunity to get ahead and reach his full potential.
The announcement comes as Mayor Landrieu and Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter convene mayors and city leaders from across the country for the first Cities United conference in New Orleans. Cities United is a nationwide initiative to reduce violent-related death of young African American men and boys.
Mayor Mitch Landrieu and Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter hosted 18 mayors and more than 200 city leaders from 37 municipalities to launch Cities United, a nationwide initiative to reduce violence-related death of young African American men and boys.
NEW ORLEANS, LA- In observance of Black History Month, Mayor Mitch Landrieu will celebrate the history of Black entrepreneurship in New Orleans and highlight minority-owned businesses during NOLA FOR LIFE’s Black Business Month.
On Sunday, January 26, 2014, Mayor Mitch Landrieu joined Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter and NOLA FOR LIFE Midnight Basketball participants to announce that Mayor Nutter is committing $2,500 to the NOLA FOR LIFE Midnight Basketball program. The two mayors entered into a friendly wager over the outcome of the January 4th NFL Playoff game between the New Orleans Saints and the Philadelphia Eagles with each mayor promising to provide a "cultural gift" and "community gift." The Saints defeated the Eagles 26 – 24.
NEW ORLEANS, LA—Over 125 volunteers joined Mayor Mitch Landrieu along with City officials, local community organizations, and residents for the sixth NOLA FOR LIFE Day on Saturday, January 11, 2014. The event, a component of the Mayor’s NOLA FOR LIFE comprehensive murder reduction strategy, was held at A.L. Davis Playground and motivated citizens to join efforts geared towards revitalizing neighborhoods in high crime areas.
On Tuesday, December 23, 2013, Mayor Mitch Landrieu and Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews distributed over 400 gifts at the first annual holiday event, Toys from Troy. Presented by NOLA FOR LIFE at the Treme Center, the toy giveaway included live music, holiday photos and the distribution of stockings with healthy snacks to families of NOLA FOR LIFE partner organizations with children from one month to 13 years old.
Mayor Mitch Landrieu in partnership with the Audubon Institute recognized local leaders, individuals and organizations for supporting the NOLA FOR LIFE plan at the first annual NOLA FOR LIFE Breakfast of Champions event on Wednesday, December 4, 2013.
NOLA FOR LIFE Breakfast of Champions Honorees
More than 1000 job seekers and dozens of employers, community partners and industry professionals from across the city participated in the first NOLA FOR LIFE Jobs & Opportunity Expo, hosted by Mayor Mitch Landrieu at Gallier Hall. The event focused on a key pillar of Mayor Landrieu’s NOLA FOR LIFE murder reduction strategy – promoting jobs and opportunities as a path away from violence towards prosperity.
NEW ORLEANS, LA – Today, Mayor Mitch Landrieu delivered a joint address with Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. titled, “A National Call for Action to End the Violence Crisis in US Cities.” The speech serves as a national call to action to end America’s culture of violence in urban areas across the country, charging the Federal government, non-profits, business leaders and the community to rally and engage in what has become an epidemic—the drumbeat of murders of and by young, African-American men.
The NOLA FOR LIFE Channel highlights the comprehensive movement to reduce the murder rate in New Orleans, Louisiana. The compelling original and existing content runs exclusively on New Orleans Access television (NOA_TV). Tune in to Cox Cable Channel 99 to view diverse programming including an unscripted six part docu-series, public service announcements, and the inspirational stories of young men who are taking the stand to turn away from violence.
Our streets average over 16 murders a month and we barely blink an eye. Every morning, violent headlines come as no surprise. Overnight, the vicious cycle continues to devastate our dreams, our businesses and our way of life before claiming even more of our sons and daughters
The solution starts with us
About NOLA FOR LIFE
Developed in May 2012, NOLA FOR LIFE is Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s comprehensive murder reduction strategy to tackle the city’s historically-high murder rate.
Recognizing that law enforcement alone cannot solve the murder problem, NOLA FOR LIFE takes a holistic approach to get to the root of the problem, and implements initiatives under five pillars:
1) Stop the Shooting
2) Invest in Prevention
3) Promote Jobs and Opportunity
4) Improve the NOPD
5) Get Involved and Rebuild Neighborhoods
NOLA FOR LIFE was fueled by the Mayor’s Innovation Delivery Team in partnership with public safety and public health experts and local service providers.
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NOLA FOR LIFE Midnight Basketball
Midnight Basketball focuses on providing safe recreational opportunities in crime hot spots for young men through the game of basketball.
Mentorship and educational support are also key components of this initiative. NOLA FOR LIFE Midnight Basketball is free of charge and open to males over 16 years old.
The 10-week season take place on Saturday nights from March 8 to May 10