NEW ORLEANS, Sept. 13, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Families and Friends of Louisiana's Incarcerated Children (FFLIC), a New Orleans based non-profit serving all of Louisiana, is proud to commemorate its fifteenth anniversary, fighting for juvenile justice reform, working to curb the school-to-prison pipeline, and supporting loved ones and communities afflicted by the incarceration of our young people.
"Let Kids Be Kids" is the theme for the celebration, taking place in New Orleans on Saturday, September 17, 2016. Festivities begin at high noon with a reenactment of FFLIC's first Mock Jazz Funeral to honor the loss of our youth, followed by a community rally. The public is invited to attend. The route for the Mock Jazz Funeral begins at 1301 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard and ends at A.L. Davis Park, where the community rally will take place from 1:00-3:00 p.m.
On the evening of Saturday, September 17th, FFLIC's 15th Anniversary Gala will be held from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at The McKenna Museum of African-American Art. Donald Cravins Sr., mayor and state senator, is the keynote speaker. Marguerite Casey Foundation and Flozell Daniels will be honored. Donations can be made and gala tickets can be purchased online at: http://fflicgala.eventbrite.com. Ticket price includes dinner and is 100% tax-deductible.
"We are extremely proud of our achievements over the last fifteen years, including leading the fight to close Tallulah, the nation's most abusive and corrupt juvenile prison," said Gina B. Womack, FFLIC's executive director and co-founder. "Our members and communities have lobbied for juvenile justice reform, marched for the rights of our young people, and have curbed the school-to-prison pipeline."
"There has never been a doubt for FFLIC that Black Lives Matter. Because FFLIC has been knowing that the fight for justice for our families and children is at the core of what Black Lives Matter is and can be," added Alicia Garza, co-founder of Black Lives Matter and FFLIC gala honorary chairperson.
Let's join forces to keep FFLIC growing strong for the next fifteen years.
Families and Friends of Louisiana's Incarcerated Children (FFLIC) is a statewide parent-led, membership-based organization, dedicated to creating a better life for all of Louisiana's youth, especially those who are involved, or at risk of becoming involved in the juvenile justice system.
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