The purpose of the summit is to identify root causes of violence attributed to gang activity and implement Houston-centric solutions. “This summit is an initial step in a series of actions designed to reduce and eliminate violence in our communities. There can be no sustainable economic development or community revitalization without security and safety being established. We cannot reestablish Black Wall Streets as long as our blood is being spilled in the streets” says Southwest Regional Student Minister Dr. Robert Muhammad of the Nation of Islam.
The genesis of the One Houston-One Hood Truce Summit lies with Mr. Gerry Monroe, Executive Director of UUAA; Dr. Robert Muhammad, Southwest Regional Student Minister Nation of Islam and Houston Justice or Else Local Organizing Committee; Pastor E. A. Deckard, Greenhouse International Church and No More Bloodshed Movement; Brother Deric Muhammad, Activist, Project Forward; Pastor Dr. Remus Wright, Fountain of Praise Church; Pastor Dr. D.Z. Cofield, Good Hope Baptist Church; and Reginald Gordon, OG1. The organizers begin with the premise that the solution to gang related violence lies with the community and not necessarily with the police. Therefore, the entire Houston community is invited and welcomed to attend this initial gathering. For more information call (832) 236-9956.
Since the announcement of the summit, the list of supporters and endorsements has grown. Bun B – Recording Artist; Clarence Gibson – Band Director TSU;Erica Childs and The Childs Law Firm; Michael Moore – The Stuffed Baked Potato Factory; Frank Benjamin; Chris Christopher Lane – Councilman, La Marque, TX; Mike Lunsford – HISD School Board Member; Robert Mock – HISD Chief of Police; Georgia Provost; The NAACP Economic Committee; Rev. Acie J. Jefferson, Jr. – Pentecostal Baptist Church; Stephanie Holcomb – Jack Yates Lady Red Divas; Marlin Demby – Inspire Youth Houston; Less Cross – The Cross Law Firm; Carolyn Evans-Shabazz – NAACP/HCC Trustee; Spencer and Monique Johnson – The NoXSPENCE FOUNDATION; Kevin Walker and The National Champion Southside Cowboys Youth Football and Cheer; We Can Achieve Academy; Dev Mack – Comedienne; Dr. Cedric Smith; Activist Shelby Stewart; Reggie Phillips – Jack Yates National Alumni Association; Fletcher and Nikki Gallaway – Club Dreams; Sonia Cheek Johnson – North America Senior Benefits; Kendrick Owens – Dubien Motors; Sedrick Keeler and The Conscious Mindset Radio Program 90.1; Iesheia Wilson – Primerica Financial Services; Christopher E. Knight – Greater Houston All Star Band Director; Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. Prairie View A & M University; Jeremy Axel – The Axel Law Firm; Lil Kano – Rap Recording Artist; Dr. Darrick L. Castleberry and The Castleberry Center; Tonia Calhoun and The Marquis Group; Chairman Lane Lewis – Harris County Democratic Party; Gloria Rubec – Texas Death Penalty Abolition Movement; National Stop the Killing Organization – Nationalstopthekilling.com; Nailah Kimathi; Shrine of the Black Madonna; Pastor Mike Augustine – Redeemed Christian Church of God; Clark T. Colvin – The ITEX Group; BAYOU BEND ACADEMY; BLACK & BROWN COALITION FOR EDUCATION; PROVOST STUDIOS; MAC GREGOR PUBLICITY; Jerome Provost; Hon. Herlinda Garcia; Pastor John Fields; Alfred (Al) Benoit, Esq. – President of the Houston Lawyers Association (HLA); Jackie Muhammad; John “Bunchy” Crear – Southwest Regional Representative National Alumni Association of The Black Panther Party; Office of the Mayor of the City of Houston; Assistant Chief Troy Finner – Houston Police Department; City of Houston Anti-Gang Task Force; Monique Sparks – The Sparks Law Firm; Rhonda Skillern Jones – HISD School Board Trustee; Wanda Adams – HISD School Board Trustee; Jolanda Jones – HISD School Board Trustee; Zeph Capo – President Houston Federation of Teachers; Ken Davis – Principal Jack Yates Sr. High; Jimmy Pérez – SER-Jobs for Progress; Pastor Kenneth Washington – First New Hope Bible Church; Darrel Jacobs Sr. – Public Health Investigator; ARTISTS RESPECTING COMMUNITY; SHAPE COMMUNITY CENTER; SOUTH PARK COALITION (SPC); HOUSTON ORGANIZING COMMITTEE JUSTICE OR ELSE; Attorney Sadiyah Evangelista – Queendom Come