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'Thou Shalt Not Kill' signs posted on campus

November 16, 2012

Loyola University New Orleans is proud to join with Archbishop Gregory Aymond and the Archdiocese of New Orleans in posting the campaign’s “Thou Shalt Not Kill” yard signs on both of its campuses this week. The campaign is a visual stand against murders and violence in New Orleans and underscores Loyola’s Catholic and Jesuit mission of social justice.

According to a letter sent to the university community this week from Loyola President Kevin Wm. Wildes, S.J., Ph.D., the four simple words aim to send a universal message of peace, and the signs serve as a reminder that violence and murder are not the answers to the problems we face.

Loyola University has a long history of being a catalyst for change in our community through its social justice initiatives. The university continues this practice today by serving as a resource for creative solutions to combat crime rates in order to make our city a safer place.

On Oct. 26, Loyola hosted a daylong symposium focused on alternative solutions to combat the city’s violent crime. Local and national criminal justice experts came together to discuss issues specific to New Orleans and provide solutions that go beyond locking people up and throwing away the key. Experts offered community-based solutions that address the needs of disadvantaged families and provide practical resources for at-risk communities.

For more information on the symposium and its findings, contact William Thornton, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Criminal Justice.

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