• Christopher Jones Memorial Scholarship Application

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    On November 17. 2007, Christopher “C-Snake Boogie” Jones went from being an ordinary 16-year-old to a statistic, the 52nd homicide victim in the Rochester region for the year when he was gunned down outside his home. In honor of his memory, his mother Sirena Cotton founded the ROC the Peace Fest and ROC the Peace, Inc. ROC the Peace is a small grassroots nonprofit with the mission to support the fight against violence in the community through prevention education, community outreach, and service along with collaboration.

    The Christopher Jones Memorial Scholarship awards African American/Black and Latine/Hispanic
    graduating high school seniors that have been accepted into a college/university.


    • African American/Black or Latine/Hispanic
    • Current graduating high school senior
    • GPA 2.0/C or higher

    Required Application Materials

    • Official High School Transcript
    • College Acceptance Letter
    • 300-400 Word Typed Essay
      • ROC the Peace’s motto is, “Peace begins with me.” How does peace begin with you and what does a peaceful Rochester look like?
    • One Letter of Recommendation
      • The recommender can be a school counselor, teacher, work supervisor, community organization leader, or church official.
    • Recent Photo
    • Photo Release Form

    Application Deadline – July 1st

    Mail/Email completed applications to:

    ROC the Peace, Incorporated
    ATTN: Christopher Jones Memorial Scholarship
    PO Box 24084
    Rochester, New York 14624

    Questions? Please contact 585-708-9787 or business@rocthepeace.com

  • 2016 Photos Now Available!

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    Throughout the year, we’ve done several peace walks, prayer circles and our annual Peace Fest. Take a look at our photos at rocthepeace.org/photos to view images from throughout 2016 and more!

  • Nonviolence Organization Announces Theme for 2016 and Community Contest

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    Rochester, NY
    February 26th, 2016
    ROC The Peace and Rise Up Rochester, Inc.  have chosen “Love Powers Peace” as this year’s theme for the 7th Annual Rise Up & ROC The Peace Fest. To garner an even broader audience, the collaboration is expected to announce a  creative “Love Powers Peace Art Contest.” A single winner will be chosen and announced at the 7th Annual Rise Up & ROC The Peace Fest, to be held later this year.
    Children ages 12 -17 in the Greater Rochester, NY area are encouraged to participate. Participants will submit hand-drawn or computer-generated artwork which illustrates this year’s theme “Love Powers Peace.” Participants will receive exposure through an upcoming mobile app designed to allow people to vote on artwork. The winner’s artwork will receive widespread exposure, including reprints of their artwork on the official Event t-shirt.
    The contest will run from March 8, 2016 12:00 AM through June 8, 2016 11:59 PM EST. Complete entry rules and eligibility information are available at lovepowerspeace.org.
    Media contact: Carlos Q. Coker
    Website: ​rocthepeace.org
  • Town Hall Meeting Aug 2015

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    The Rochester Police Department uses its crime scene tape much more than the city’s surrounding suburbs. From the drive-by triple homicide at Rochester’s only Boys & Girls last week to the shooting of 24-year old on Portland Avenue last night, local residents are crying out for relief in what seems to be a city in torment. Continue Reading

  • Roc the Peace Fest raises awareness for victims of violence

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    People in Rochester gathered in Jones Square Park Saturday afternoon for the sixth annual ROC The Peace Fest.

    Read more on WHEC.com

  • Setting The Tone Radio LIVE presents “Village”

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    ROC the Peace founder Sirena Cotton sits down with Setting The Tone Radio™ LIVE to discuss this year’s July 18th event. She also addresses some pertinent issues facing the community. Cotton is joined in the discussion by fellow RTP volunteer and activist Carlos Quinones. He is a recording artist known by the monikers C-Lo Dubai and Upstate Original, from music collective H.E.X.X.

    About Setting The Tone Radio

    With thousands of listeners, STT Radio, known as “WSTT” aims to discuss national current events and local community issues alike. Visit settingthetoneradio.com for more information or to subscribe to weekly podcasts.


    Grassroots Effort Brings Awareness and Resources to Victims of Violence

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    Rochester, NY June 23, 2015

    ROC The Peace and Rise Up Rochester announces the staging of the 6th Annual Rise Up & ROC The Peace Fest to be held on Saturday, July 18, 2015, at Jones Square Park in Rochester, New York. Designed to bring awareness and resources to victims of violence and their families, this event is in direct response to a grossly disproportionate level of violence in the past few years.

    A day long event in the heart of the city, various community groups will be on hand presenting opportunities for educational enrollment, vocational training, free food and more. The chief of police and past and present Mayors have been regular attendees. Featuring events for the whole family, including speakers, singers,poets and dancers, this year’s keynote speaker is Amen Ptah and features national recording artist HEXX. In addition, ROC The Peace was started by Sirena Cotton in 2008, a year after she lost her 16­yr old son to a senseless murder in Rochester.

    To honor her son’s memory, Cotton started a rally called ‘Peace for Chris Fest’ which was later renamed ‘Roc the Peace’ to honor all victims of any type of inner­-city violence. Cotton later partnered with Rise Up Rochester, Incorporated, a 501c3 nonprofit that empowers the community to establish and maintain a nonviolent culture and provides support to crime victims and their families.

    Media contact: Antonia Wynter

    Email: business@rocthepeace.org

    Telephone: 585­-708­-9787

    Website: ​rocthepeace.org


  • Grassroots organization sets happy tone

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    Roc the Peace (rocthepeace.org) will be recording a citywide music video to raise awareness of its cause alongside Rise Up Rochester (riseuprochester.net) and Setting The Tone, from April 7-11, 2014. The video will use an award-winning single “Happy”, written and produced by national recording artist and producer Pharrell Williams. The single is already an Internet sensation with millions of views, especially since the launch of Williams’ website, 24hoursofhappy.com. Dubbed “I AM ROC HAPPY”, the video will mimic the official music video and feature the song repeatedly using seemingly everyday people. This version will use residents of Rochester almost exclusively. The video is slated to film in popular neighborhoods and government buildings and small businesses such as City Hall, Avenue D Recreation Center and Unkl Moe’s Restaurant from Monday, April 7 through Friday, April 11, 2014. Those interested in performing on-camera are encouraged to complete the online application available at bit.ly/roc-happy-app.

  • HBCU Fair at Monroe Community College, March 13th

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    For Parents and students in the ROC: MCC will hosting its Annual HBCU College Fair on Tuesday, March 13th from 5:30-7:30pm. The event will be held in the Warshof Conference Center at the R. Thomas Flynn Campus Center in Monroe A & B. There is free Parking in Lot M (Located in the back of the college). This is a great opportunity for HS Sophomores, Juniors and those in 2 year programs looking to transfer to explore options and talk with school representatives.

    Student registration is available online at www.monroecc.edu/go/HBCU

    *If you know any HBCU graduates currently in the Rochester area, please ask them to contact Joan Moorehead at 292-2246 or jmoorehead@monroecc.edu or Clayton Jones at 292-2192 or cjones@monroecc.edu. They would like to try to make sure that their college is represented.*


  • Roc The Peace 3 on 3 Male and Females Basketball Tournament

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    Please stay tuned…More details coming soon…

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