New Orleans, like many cities nationwide, is experiencing a dangerous increase in violent crime. Today, Citizens for 1 Greater New Orleans announces it is joining the NOLA Coalition, a broad and diverse group of over 275 organizations, individuals, and businesses. The NOLA Coalition has a two-pronged agenda that recommends actionable steps to support NOPD and seeks a $15M investment in organizations that invest in programs for at-risk youth.
As founding members of the New Orleans Crime Coalition and Court Watch NOLA, we understand that reducing crime requires comprehensive alignment of the criminal justice system, elected officials, social and educational services, and economic opportunity. Crime is a symptom of a community in crisis, but it is not the cause.
We encourage citizens to learn more about the NOLA Coalition by visiting the website and by making charitable donations to the fund which is facilitated by the United Way of Southeastern Louisiana. These dollars will be invested in programs that align with the Youth Master Plan and have the ability to attack crime at its root causes to drive generational change.
The rapid development of the NOLA Coalition reminds us of the founding of Citizens for 1 Greater New Orleans. In times of crisis, ordinary citizens may be called to achieve a response greater than one that can be accomplished by the government alone. No cause is greater than the safety of the lives and property of our citizens.
Citizens for 1 Greater New Orleans