• 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

  • Prayer Circle for Seven Shot in Boys & Girls Club Drive-By

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    ROC The Peace in conjunction with Rise Up Rochester will join area residents, community leaders and religious leader this morning to conduct a Prayer Circle– a vigil where we join hands in a circle of prayer to begin the healing of our community and the families involved. We will begin at 11:30 AM at the Boys & Girls Club at 500 Genesee St, Rochester, NY 14611.

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  • 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.

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    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.

  • Annual ROC the Peace fest brings community together

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    Excerpt courtesy of the Democrat & Chronicle
    Written by Carlos Quinones

    Growing up as a western New York native in the mid-1980s, I felt an overwhelming sense of togetherness and belonging that at times now seems missing in Rochester, and in larger society as well.

    With that in mind, the Roc the Peace fest — for the past five years — has become a key event for the community, drawing residents and groups from all economic walks and ethnicities, fostering goodwill and a commitment to nonviolence.

    Designed to bring awareness and resources to victims of violence, Roc the Peace began in earnest in response to a mother, Sirena Cotton, losing two sons to street violence. Cotton saw the value in bringing together mutually invested community groups and leaders to address a larger common interest; a common need.

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  • 6th Annual Rise Up & ROC The Peace Fest Scheduled for July 18

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    Event brings awareness and support for victims of violence and their families

    January 5, 2015 (Rochester, NY) –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. Continue Reading

  • ‘Human Library’ project in Rochester turns people into talking books

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    In the concept that came from the collaboration between the University of Rochester Library and the Rochester Public Library, the ‘Human Book’ tells the guest who picked him or her a story, usually lasting 30 minutes. The story is unique to the person and is based around a personal experience or field they are an expert in.

    A library has come up with an unusual way of providing tales – by turning HUMANS into talking books.

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