Connors Sports, One Voice Louisiana and the New Orleans Peace Initiative
During the 2014 NBA All Star Weekend, The Emerald Cities Collaborative (ECC) joined Connors Sports, One Voice Louisiana and the New Orleans Peace Initiative to co-sponsor a celebration of the Peace League of Basketball and New Orleans Peacemakers on February 14 in New Orleans. On hand were former NBA All Star New York Knickerbocker Charles Smith and present All Star Chicago Bull Joakim Noah. Both athletes emphasized the importance of stopping the violence in public housing and low-income communities and promoting jobs and education. Originating in Chicago, the Peace League is expanding to other cities to promote alternatives to violence and street crime.