Peace In The Hood

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Through the sight of so much death, destruction, and social injustice we have come together to promote Peace, spirituality, and enhance Cultural awareness in a complete circle by mobilizing national efforts and resources to empower the grassroots community through direct action and networking organizations across the country.

Peace in the Hood, founded in 1993 by Khalid Samad and the late Omar Ali Bey, and other community leaders, have been key in successfully implementing prevention programs designed to eradicate violence in Cleveland's inner city.  The non profit organization is also noted for promoting awareness of street violence in Cleveland and throughout the country.

Peace in the Hood hosted a local summit meeting October 2nd through 4th, 1998, in conjunction with the National Urban Peace and Justice Summit's 5th year reunion in Kansas City, Missouri (Oct. 15, 1998).  The original summit held in 1993 was billed as the first national attempt to bring gang members together to "talk peace".  In the sprit of the Peace Summit, local and national peace activists gathered in memory of the victims of the madness and to honor those who have worked to stop it.

On Saturday Oct. 3rd, 1998, the city of Cleveland hosted a Stop The Madness - Peace it out - Run Walk-a-thon.  Also featured were Native American, Latino and African American drummers as well as a youth centered production and rally with a balloon release to celebrate the positive results of the urban peace process.

National Affliation:
The National Congress for Urban Peace, Justice, and Empowerment

Co-state representatives from multi-cultural; male and female; street organizations, tribes, nations, and community based organizations that have street organization ties.

Create support and bring peace and justice, and empowerment to local communities in the US.

National Objectives
-     To instill spiritualty in building peace
-     Create peace through cease-fire agreements, mediation and support services (life skills training, cultural awareness, cross-cultural community events)
-     Empower local communities by pursuing peace promotions/violence prevention policy and policies related to:
            1.  Economic development
            2.  Reducing juvenille crimilization
            3.  Minimizing prison growth and/or reducing prison/police abuse
            4.  Empower body politically to educate community, share information and lobby legislature on local, state and national level

-    Form local, regional and statewide partnerships with local street organizations and community based organizations (with ties to street organizataions).

Peace in the Hood
Peace Process Projects

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Rites of Passage are those social, cultural and conceptual systems, rituals and ceremonies by which age-class members or individuals in a group successfully come to know who they are, their birth rights and responsibilities - the purpose and meaning for their existence, as they proceed from one clearly defined state of existence to the next state or passage of development in their lives.

Unicentric is a multi-cultural and cross-cultural concept that builds upon universal values that are common. In addition, it teaches empowering concepts in a holistic way.  Many conceptual systems of the Rites of Passage exist in traditional global societies.  In African Societies, a Rite of Passage is an initiation of a young person into an educational process that develops a holistic adult.  In this culturally specific process, the youth are empowered by the community, and given permission to move to a higher level of human, social and educational development.  This Cultural Centered Process is designed to help youth make the transition from pubescent, to adolescent, to adulthood, to the status of elder which is the affirmation of the truth of our ancestors.

Rites of Passage is rooted in the tradition and culture of people as a way of passing on knowledge, history and culture from one generation to another.  The elders and the adults train the youth to become a responsible productive member of their society.  This dynamic process ensures the restoration and empowerment of our holistic way of life that maintains the natural order and state of our people.