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Silence the Violence and Shun the Guns is a Toronto based, North American anti-gun violence and youth gangs initiative. At-risk youth is our priority. “Silence the violence and shun the guns” is a Toronto based, anti-violence initiative to save primarily at-risk youth from all walks of life from turning to gangs for the love, acceptance and family that they feel they lack. In other words, we plan to recruit all at-risk youth into mentorship before they get recruited into gangs therefore, methodically reducing the gang population. Our anti-violence initiative was designed to target 10 year olds in North America. By identifying and reaching out to these at-risk youth, who responds to our appeal efforts, we plan to execute our solution by pairing them with mentors in the same careers they want to pursue and encourage adequate education in order to secure excellent careers. By purchasing every month one or several of the 100+ items from our growing product line, you are supporting a winnable cause which will become self-sustained because we will be encouraging those who were mentored into careers to go back into the communities they came from and recruit future generations. In addition, we believe by dispelling the negative image of people of colour, primarily black males, in our publications must be the starting point in order to inspire everyone, especially our future generations, for positive action. Why these mountains of facts about people of colour who has contributed to the building of Canada and abroad, is not receiving the proper acknowledgments and respect they deserve and it is not taught, black history and anyone other than European and false Aboriginal history, in the schools at a federal level is disturbing. Society promotes black males who excels in sports and/or most of them are involved in crime and/or violence. See: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/06/half-of-blacks-arrested-23_n_4549620.html This is simply not true. We intend to uncover the facts, publish it and celebrate the good news for everyone's best interests. We actually have a plan to solve this problem oppose to most causes which just accommodates the problem and ask for more financial support. Silence the Violence and Shun the Guns is a for-profit organization which is a N.G.O. and is not a charity meaning that if a branding executive accepts your money and you do not receive a item to buy, your should notify us immediately so we can have it addressed immediately. Part of the money you spend with us will be allocated to the Silence the Violence and Shun the Guns initiative. Please provide as much details of the transaction(s) as possible Example: Time, location, description of person, etc.. Our contact information can be found at the bottom of this webpage. How the Silence the Violence and Shun the Guns initiative will be executed The battle to reduce gangs and violence is not easy because if it was, this problem would not have grown to the epic level it is at now. We are undeterred, even when http://thenod.ca/racists, who we see at mainly the sports events and sometimes on the street, make inappropriate comments and harass us instead of stopping for a moment to discover that gangs and violence effects everyone, because we believe the battle is winnable as long as the right strategy is executed. Please keep in mind that we will be travelling in uncharted territories to win but the end result will be certainly better than anyone or organization has done before. There are several organizations that has and are trying to slow and reduce the number of gangs and its members and violence with primarily at-risk youth with no significant success. Currently there are over 30,000 gang members in Canada and 1.4 million gang members in the U.S. and unfortunately these numbers are growing. Collectively they are losing this winnable battle so we need to redirect all our resources and efforts and take a different approach. Here's how we envision how we can make a verifiable impact, efficiently and effectively: -> 1 ) Create and build the brand – Dispel the negative stereotypes society promotes concerning people of colour, particularly young Black males, by highlighting people of colour who have done and are doing positive things in their lives by producing a monthly publication called "LEARNING ABOUT PUBLICATIONS" (LAP). Spread awareness by selling the growing catalogue of monthly editions and several items mainly at Toronto’s major sports events, nearby subway entrances, major entertainment performances, inside government buildings and its properties, upscale areas and events and the financial district. Why are we having a growing support of people? Our mere presence, of mainly young Black males, who are always professionally dressed in business attire, enthusiastic, articulate, quick speaking presenters and the design of the editions has had wide approval. In edition, it is understood that gangs and violence effects everyone and we can reduce it only if we take the right steps to promote and encourage education and provide adequate support for the wide range of economic opportunities so that at-risk youth can seize them before they get lured into gangs. Bottom line, gangs are mainly an economic opportunity problem and for those who it effects are not aware that they could have the same chance to succeed in life just like others who does not have the odds stacked against them. We are constantly fine tuning, updating our future editions and related material. Although we have not stated it, in the field we are promoting young minorities in a positive light which explains the professional business attire requirement for our representatives. Known as the premiere organization in our field, front line representatives for the Silence the Violence and Shun the Guns initiative are carefully selected and receive ongoing training and support. So far the response has been an eye opener with some of the most unlikely supporters stepping up which includes current and former adult gang members.If you would like to apply to become a volunteer for our initiative, please see: http://www.thenod.ca/volunteer-application/. 2 ) Recruit career mentors – With the ongoing relationship with N.O.D.'s growing clientele, economic stimulus advisors are trained to identify and suggest to clients to become career mentors. In addition, N.O.D. is always looking for people who meets its mentorship profile standards and are prepared to commit to becoming a career mentor. If you would like to apply to become a mentor for our initiative, please see:http://www.thenod.ca/mentorship-application/. 3 ) Change structure of business - Change the form of business to a registered non-profit organization. 4 ) Corporate sponsorship – Approach corporations for sponsorship commitments by placing their logo on the back of all editions. Our hope is at this stage the corporations has seen our representatives in the areas where we sell the monthly publication or had purchased at least one of our editions, recognizes the brand and has some basic knowledge about what our initiative is which should increase the chances to partner with us. 5 ) Offer career mentorship opportunities – Send out groups of representatives to all schools in North America, starting in Toronto, Canada and then the U.S., targeting 10 year olds, offering career mentorship opportunities primarily to at-risk youth. Mathematics tells us that the less potential gang members who are available to recruit, over time the numbers will naturally decrease by methodically executing our initiative and best of all, not a single bullet would have been fired. 6 ) Self-sustainment – With our encouragement, those who was mentored into careers will return to the communities that they came from and recruit future generations of at-risk youth. At this point, our involvement will continue to slowly decrease as the initiative will become progressively self-sustained. 7 ) Macro-management – Gauge the results, continue to build and make adjustments as needed. 8 ) Management – Gauge the results, continue to build... Question: What stage are we at? Answer: Currently we are at number one with the projection of moving on to number two at the current rate is a few years. Practically all of our small, but slowly growing, number of representatives and volunteers are part timers. GET INFORMED! GET INSPIRED! GET INVOLVED! AND BE PROUD! Through this monthly publication, the Silence the Violence and Shun the Guns initiative is dispersing little known historical facts about people of colour all over the city! This publication has been making waves all around the globe; visitors to Toronto from all over have been interested in and are requesting the publication - and when the public speaks, the public gets! The main purpose to produce this publication is to dispel some of the negative stereotypes media portrays by highlighting people of colour who have done positive things in their life. Our hope is to inspire everyone for positive action, especially our youth. Loaded in every publication, you can find out abundance of information about Black Heroes and other heroes facts that have not been widely told. You will be surprised to learn about facts that you never dreamed of, making you anxious to get the next publication the following month immediately. From ancient royalty, to those who were went down in history for being responsible for one of the seven wonders of the world, the dark years of slavery and much more, the Learning about publications (LAP) publication has and will continue to be in huge demand for many years to come simply because there is little known compared to...
Don't mistake the LAP for others. Just check the back of the publication and look for the exclusive sponsor, N.OD.. Now we at N.O.D. would like to take this opportunity to correct those who may mistake N.O.D. to be associated with other men who have been distributing for many years their version of a Black History publication in Toronto. There are at least three other organizations in Toronto that we are aware of. When we discovered that the topic of Black History is so widely popular, in August 2010, we teamed up with “Learning about publications”, which is a for-profit organization, and created our own monthly version complete with Facebook and Twitter networks, a webpage to buy copies online and a toll free number to order by phone. In addition, we recently started to offer LAP in full colour for our generous contributors. The strategy was to target a defined group of people and so far it has worked! In addition, there is no religious content or information in the attempts to recruit you in our LAP publication, just an almost unlimited amount of undiscovered or little-known and verified content of interest every month with our ad on the back cover. If you ever buy a publication from other organizations, we are confident that you will conclude that our version is different. We are not associated with any of these organizations in any way. We operate independently. So now that you know, you can easily differentiate their version verses our version by simply looking for the points noted above. WE NEED YOUR MONTHLY SUPPORT TO IDENTIFY AND NURTURE TALENTED AT-RISK YOUTH SO THEY CAN GO ON TO DO GREAT THINGS. RECENT DEVELOPMENTS It has been approximately three years since LAP was launched. Since day one, there has been a growing number of supporters from around the world who are excited about the vision for positive change. We thank each and everyone of you. LAP promises its supporters a high level of urgency to produce verifiable results. We are still building but over just one short year, here’s some of the things we've done: - June 2011, LAP opens office at the Toronto Stock Exchange complex. - July 2011, LAP switches to an expensive photo quality printing format for the monthly publication. - July 2011, LAP produces full colour copies on glossy paper for generous contributors. - July 2011, LAP announces an initiative called “Silence the Violence and Shun the Guns ” for the purpose of identifying, saving and mentoring at-risk youth who do not have a father in their life or are living in dysfunctional families. Statistics show a high number of these youth end up in prison. LAP believes that most of these realities can be completely avoided and will be by executing LAP’s “LETS COME” together initiative. - August 2011, LAP announces credit card payments are accepted on the downtown Toronto streets by LAP reps. Accepting debit card payments will follow. - August 2011, LAP adds bar codes on the monthly publication so those who has a smartphone with a scanner can scan the bar codes and get directed to a webpage. - August 2011, N.O.D. negotiates a lower publishing rate that allows LAP to offer supporters to collect only five orders of the monthly publication and receive one full color glossy copy for free. - September 2011, LAP announces that anyone who contributes $100.00 or more, will receive negotiation services for their monthly expenses from N.O.D.. The guaranteed minimum monthly saving is $10.00 and over the next 12 months adds up to $120.00 resulting in a minimum $20.00 profit for the contributor! - September 2011, LAP announces the launch of the “Heroes for at-risk youth” group. LAP reps will be approaching ordinary people to form an elite group to commit a $50.00 per month contribution to LAP and in return they will receive special financial services from N.O.D.. If you have a deep caring for at-risk youth to be guided to become the best they can be through inspiration and motivation by LAP mentors, then this less than 2% monthly commitment out of your income is for you. And keep in mind, unlike most non-profit organizations, that provides little to no verifiable progressive results to its contributors, LAP is an extremely accountable N.G.O. which will hold a meeting every six months to share with its contributors the progress and successes that was projected. - December 2011, Project marble arrest nets 60 gang members ranging in ages from 14 to 26. If these youth were mentored by the right people, do you think they would be part of this? Click here to read the article. In the US, there are over one million gang members and over 20,000 gangs. Click here to read this report. In Canada there are over 30,000 gang members. - January 2013, LAP announces a clothing line starting with t-shirts which reads "I SUPPORT THE SILENCE THE VIOLENCE AND SHUN THE GUNS INITIATIVE." - July 2013, LAP created a 30 edition catalogue and continues to add more! See all the listed editions below and visit us on Facebook to see all the front covers! - August 1, 2013, We officially renamed our organization to "Silence the Violence and Shun the Guns". This name is unique, memorable, easy to remember and appropriately explains who we are. Brilliant! - December 30, 2013, Over the past year, LAP increases its edition in its catalogue to 34 and counting. Projected time to move to step two for the "Silence the violence and shun the guns" initiative is one year. - February 2014, Partnered with The City of Toronto Employee United Way Campaign to sell our catalogue of editions in City and Metro hall. - September 2014, Started setting up partnerships with other related causes. - October 2014, Future editions now will be printed in gloss. - December 5, 2014, Future editions will be printed in full colour. - January 7, 2015, The Inaugural Black History Month Annual Run for Freedom event will take place starting on Monday, February 2, 2015 and every Monday in the month of February. - March 31, 2015, Offering Silence the Violence and Shun the Guns - NOD silicone bracelets. Buy here! - September 1, 2015, A petition was started to build support to have black history taught in all schools in North America. Why? To gain overdue acknowledgement, respect and human balance. - September 2, 2015, Offering “SILENCE THE VIOLENCE AND SHUN THE GUNS” stickers for only $10.00 each. - January 1, 2016, Offering “I RESPECT BLACK HISTORY MONTH 2016” stickers for only $10.00 each. – March 21, 2016, offering anti “RACISM” stickers for only $10.00 each. - May 1, 2016, planing is underway for the launch of the inaugural "Caribana Parade Eve Business and Consumer Expo" on Friday, July 28, 2017. - May 21, 2016, the first Unsung Black Heroes Calendar went on sale. – June 1, 2016, there has been a concentrated effort this year on reaching out to local Black based causes and Blacks to unite our efforts on common goals and concerns while continuing working on their causes. But unfortunately, due to a widespread colonized mindset of Blacks, our efforts will pose to be a much more of a challenge than originally projected. The idea that Blacks needs to volunteer for their own Black community is difficult for them to understand the tremendous value it provides just shows how deep rooted colonization is instilled in their minds. The majority of Blacks do not have any education on the basics of finance and the management of their money. They do not understand what Return on investment (R.O.I.) or how to measure it based on where they allocated their money or who they provide their time and efforts to. But above all, also suffer from post tramatic slave disorder and in most cases undiagnosed and when they are shown that they have the symptoms, they become very defensive and even aggressive. We have a lot of work to do. We are undeterred and our efforts continues. - June 6, 2016, offering “ANTI-VIOLENCE AGAINST FEMALES” stickers for only $10.00 each. - June 17, 2016, spot our representatives wearing the Silence the Violence and Shun the Guns T-shirts. - June 19, 2016, offering "GAY PRIDE RIMATA" stickers for only $10.00 each. – June 20, 2016, offering “I SUPPORT STVASTG” and “I SUPPORT anti-violence against females” T-shirts. – June 30, 2016, our reps can accept wireless credit and debit card payments anywhere. – July 15, 2016, After months of leaving telephone and e-mail messages, an office drop in and finally a plea at a anti-racism forum directly to Mayor John Tory, who was present, he has agreed to meet with our founder to hear his solution to reduce gang violence and provide employment for the apparent 4,000 unemployed youth in marginalized areas beyond than just the 105 youth the city will employ over this summer with only $600,000 they have committed this year and all the long, the city rakes in over $100 million in tax revues annually from Caribana alone. July 29, 2016, Mayor John Tory broke his intentions to meet to discuss the above noted issues. Please see Mayor John Tory doesn't seem to care about reducing youth gangs and gun violence STVASTG. http://www.thenod.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Mayor-John-Tory-doesnt-seem-to-care-about-reducing-youth-gangs-and-gun-violence-STVASTG.pdf - August 12, 2016, now proudly offering DUMP TRUMP stickers. To sell our growing items in all high traffic areas starting in downtown Toronto and North America. Make your purchase in person by buying anything over $20.00 in cash or by major credit card on the street directly from one of our branding executvies. Objectives: At least every month, produce a new item for sale. Goals: With a portion of your purchase(s) we plan to: - counteract the media's negative portrayal of minorities, especially young black males, by creating a t.v. and radio program that highlights the positive achievements of the past, present and future (up and the comers). Reduce racism by teaching black history education. - urge for minimum mandatory black history education in schools on a federal level. The teaching of the truth concerning Aboriginal history is also essential. In north America, the population no longer consists of Aboriginals and Europeans rather in cities like Toronto, there are cultures from all over world. These cultures, who some have been living in North American for generations, have contributed to the history and in a perfect world should have all history taught in the schools. We have been a melting pot of cultures for years and the history of all should be taught in schools. The teaching of all related history will reduce racism and crime. How can you appreciate or respect people if you don't know who they are? - visit all schools in North America, starting in Ontario, to educate at-risk youth about Black Heroes and employing an appeal and career mentoring strategy. Statistics show that over 80% of youth stay in school when they are mentored. Black students will be our primary focus so that they can learn about positive role models with the hopes that they will self educate themselves by reading more in general and will want to model themselves after some of the great Black people that they learn about. Since July 2011, anti-violence initiative called “Silence the Violence and Shun the Guns” has been in development. Right now an alarming number of young Blacks, especially males, are modelling their lives after rap artists who have gone to jail and then the same fate has happened to our young Black males. We need to save our future race by educating them on who they should embrace as their role models so they can go on to become the next great history makers as inventors, chemists, engineers, astronauts, etc.. Based on facts that we have gathered, we have learned that the more educated a person is, they lower the chances that he or she will find themselves in jail, shot or dead. Prime minister Stephen Harper’s solution of building super jails will only destroy some of our most brilliant youth which has and is our young Black males. You were not the cause of the negative history that the Blacks endured but with your contribution(s), you can become part of the positive remedy for the future. - expand Silence the Violence and Shun the Guns globally. July 5, 2011 A message from our president.... Well there was no time wasted for our president at N.O.D., nicknamed "Mr. President", to respond with the agenda for LAP after he learned that Prime Minister Stephen Harper plans to build super jails in Canada. "The reality is that the trend of jailed youth will continue and may grow, particularly with Black youth, who most likely will make up a large percentage of these inmates, and this deeply concerns me. This is why I have designed a seven point initiative called "LETSCOME" with the objective to greatly reduce our fears for the destination for our youth. Let's not forget that some of our youth has the ability and will become our future's history makers and will find a cure for cancer, H.I.V......our initiative is in the best for our world and we must protect it with our lives."
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