3rd annual Citywide Silence the Violence Nashville set

(top l-r) Judge Rachel Bell, Judge Sheila Calloway, (bottom row l-r) Criminal Court Clerk Howard Gentry, and Juvenile Court Clerk Lonnell Matthews

KEVA Inc., along with the Jefferson Street Baptist Church is sponsoring the 3rd annual Citywide Silence the Violence Nashville.

The focus of this year’s event is to bring the city together to address the crime and violence in the city of Nashville.

The event is scheduled for Saturday, August 14, 10 am to 4 pm. The event will begin with a march at 9:30 am starting at Citizen’s Bank located at 2013 Jefferson St and continuing to Hadley Park.  Everyone is invited to participate.

There will be approximately 10 organizations on the ground to provide on-site assistance to the North Nashville Community.  United Way will be assisting individuals who have not received their stimulus checks, Department of Health will be providing vaccinations. Free pampers will be offered for children and assistance for pregnant mothers.

Criminal Court Clerk Howard Gentry will be providing expungements for felons, along with Judge Rachel Bell. Juvenile Court Clerk Lonnell Matthews’ office will begin the initial process in expungement of Juvenile/youth offender’s records.  Also, to assist in youth expungements will be Judge Shelia Calloway.

There will be several other organizations in attendance including, the Metro Arts Commission, NAACP, Matthew Walker Health Center, and the Civitan Club.

Metro Action will also be taking applications for assistance with payments for mortgage, utilities and rent.

Also, there will be representatives offering Medicare, Medicaid, and Driver License renewals.  Orlando Boyd will be providing information on real estate, and how to protect your home. John Little, MNPS School Board District 4 representative will be having an open discussion on ‘Crime and Fair Education.’

“The purpose of this initiative is to provide services for individuals in our community, to deter crime, and provide real time assistance,” said KEVA founder Rev. Venita Lewis. “Gov. Bill Lee refused the federal $300 stimulus for the division of unemployment to support those unemployed due to Covid19. This decision placed an even greater burden on the impoverished and disadvantaged community.

“This is an innovative effort to provide services that are a part of the underlying, root cause of the increase in crime in our community and city.”

The event will also have entertainment, youth performances, and other activities.

Booth cost for the event is a $100. For more information, call KEVA Inc at 615-237-1110.

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