Throughout the summer, The Next G and Southern Kitchen founder, Maurice Fain, has hosted block parties as a way to bring people together to raise awareness for gun violence, show peace, love and unity and have fun.
The “No More Gun Violence” Block Party marks the last in the series of events hosted by The Next G. The block party will combine food and entertainment with a conversation on ending gun violence. Everyone is welcome and there is no cost to attend.
Live music will be performed by Saeeda Wright and DJ O.G.ONE, and food from Southern Kitchen and Rose City Scoops will be available. Gift cards and giveaways will add to the fun. The party will be Sunday, Oct. 9, 3– 7 p.m., 3503 N. Mississippi Ave. (Near Southern Kitchen Food Truck).
Research shows that cities often experience an increase in gun violence during the warm days of summer. To disrupt this trend, The Next G and other nonprofit organizations across Portland metro have embraced neighborhood organizing as a way to build safer communities. Block parties and gatherings were held throughout the summer to create space for people to come together to have fun, feel safe and build a sense of community.
Music, food, speakers, activities and resources for children and youth have been included along with messages of healing and hope for a future free of gun violence.
The Next G connects young men with the leadership skills and experiences they need to become entrepreneurs. Through training and mentorship, young men are supported to transform their lives and their communities. The Next G believes that to build the next generation of business leaders, young men must have opportunities to learn from entrepreneurs and industry leaders. Learn more: https://nextgpdx.com.