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Monday, April 02, 2007

Campaign Against Violence Announces Press Conference to Discuss Mayfair Mall's Parental Guidance Policy

I was a bit late getting this out due to a crazy weekend, but as a parent of a teenager who loves to hang out at Mayfair Mall, this policy infuriates me. My daughter already had to have me there to get into a movie, she also now needs me on premise to shop.

Since the bottom line in ALL shopping malls is to sell crap at outrageous prices, this is by far the most incredibly cynical way to get adults into the mall. By using the "we're cracking down on crime" euphamism for "we're kicking out all the black teenagers", they have insulted me, my people, my community, my children and I'm not buying... Of all the lousy ways to get adults to the mall to spend their money, denigrating their children and by default them as adults is about as outrageous a way as I've ever seen.

No longer will my daughter go to Mayfair. My Christmas shopping dollars can go elsewhere.

On a much better note though, the youth in our community are using this as a rallying cry of enough is enough! They are using all of this negativity to make a statement and that they did in Sunday's JS on TV and in organizing the rally I didn't get you a notice for in time...

I am truly proud of them and their accomplishments in bringing the media out to their event last Saturday and in having the courage to stand up and say this is wrong. Seems to me there may not be as many youth involved in crime as the media would have you think. Quite a few of them are quickly becoming activists in making their communities better places for their peers.

If the Mayfair Mall management wants to lump all youth together as "trouble". Let them, but it certainly won't get this parent to supervise at Mayfair. I won't be there at all...


Contact: Jayme Montgomery
(414) 236-1002

Campaign Against Violence Announces Press Conference to Discuss Mayfair Mall's Parental Guidance Policy

Local youth group calls for public hearing. Event scheduled for Saturday, March 31st at 2:00 P.M. on the corner of Center St. and Mayfair Rd.

Milwaukee – (March 27, 2007) – At a time when Milwaukee youth are making headlines for negativity, the Campaign Against Violence is empowering young people to speak up for themselves. This time the 2-year-old organization is working with area youth and local community organizations to host a press conference on Saturday, March 31st at 2:00 P.M. on the corner of Center St. and Mayfair Rd. The group is asking for a public hearing to discuss Mayfair's recently announced ID policy.

Since Steve Smith, Mayfair's General Manager, announced the Parental Guidance Policy, the Campaign Against Violence has been polling young people throughout the city about the issue. It's clear that they have a lot to say! "Me and my friends go to the mall to spend our money and have a good time. To be honest, it's one of the last safe places for us to go," said 18 year-old Nisha Colfax, a volunteer with Campaign Against Violence who fears she will no longer be able to hand out with her younger friends. "Where are we going to go if we can't go to the mall? It just doesn't seem fair!"

The Campaign Against Violence's Field Director, Bobby Drake, says that his group is organizing the press conference because there needs to be much more public discussion about how the policy will affect the community. "Everyone has been talking about Mayfair, but no one is listening to young people," says the 24 year-old activist. "And we need to be heard, because at the end of the day this policy impacts everyone who even looks young. How can you really tell the difference between an 18 year-old and a 22 year-old?"

The press conference will start at 2 P.M. For more information or to schedule interviews please contact Jayme Montgomery at (414) 236-1002 or via email at Jayme.Montgomery@gmail.com .

By agitating, educating and organizing, it is the mission of the Campaign Against Violence to inspire the hip-hop generation to take a proactive stance against interpersonal violence. The Campaign Against Violence is an affiliate of the League of Young Voters (LYV) and is a Milwaukee based organization that focuses on educating, agitating and organizing the hip-hop generation (18-35 year olds) to take a proactive stance against interpersonal violence.


1 comment:

Fed-up shopper said...

What a self-important, ignorant atricle and position. To get parents into the mall to spend more money? Picking on black kids? How about ridding the rest of us from the roaving bands of thugs that plague public places every day because parents like you decide that their little darlings need to be out of your hair, so you send them there. These kids are like a virus; increadibly destructive. And you, as a parent, are an idiot.