March 3, 2009 – Minister Quanell X and Pastor CL Jackson along with the Houston Crime Coalition, Hip Hop Artisits, Community Leaders, Educators, Politicians, Clergymen, and Business Professionals hosted The Stop The Killing Summit that enlightened students, faculty, family members, and the general public with a unique brand of break-out sessions that include prayer, consulting, panel discussions, lectures, and tutorials. The summit was just the beginning of a citywide movement and campaign against Violence, which also incorporates online blog/chats, 1-800 #’s, continual text messages and newsletters. The Stop The Killing Summit was held Thursday February 26, 2009, from 9am – 10pm at Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church. Admission was free and open to the public.
Quanell X, a Minister in the Nation of Islam, is the Leader of The New Black Panther Party (Houston Chapter) and Community Activist. After a life changing conversion he has devoted his life to the betterment of African-Americans in Houston, Texas. Upon hearing the national study, released last month, which found a 139 percent increase in the number of black suspects in Houston homicides between 2000-01 and 2006-07, Quanell X and Houston Crime Coalition felt it was time to take back their communities and bring together community organizations, schools, political leaders, churches and the city youth to take action against crime.
“We have developed a road map called “The Life Manual” of which incorporates how-to information and referrals that will address conflict resolution, anger management, chemical rehabilitation, educational and employment opportunities, health awareness, and the role and responsibilities of Religious Institutions and Politicians,” says Quanell X. “We have also started a peacekeeper movement where we will be training ordinary men to be able to walk in mass groups through crime infested neighborhoods taking back our communities and stabilizing them.”
The Stop The Killing Summit reached out to Houston’s traditionally underrepresented
neighborhoods with a one-of-kind interactive experience –an experience that provided
inspiration, motivation, and resolution to the youth of today to become the leaders of tomorrow and the leaders of today to show the youth how to stand on their shoulders. It focused on the importance of visualizing goals and manifesting success despite difficulties as well as non-violent conflict resolution strategies that can help us all to create a brighter future together.
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