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Gun Recovery Program - July 22, 2007

The “Steel-In-It” Gun Recovery Program

For Immediate Release:

In the midst of so many gun related crimes, The “Stop the Violence Movement would like to extend an invitation to Georgia residents and visitors who are in need of a little extra cash. For those of you who are willing to part with your firearms, we have a wonderful incentive for you. We will give you $25 for a revolver; $50 for semi-automatic handgun; $100 for a rifle or shotgun; and $150 for a semi or automatic assault rifle, along with other merchandise and prizes.

After they are disassembled, the steel, aluminum, plastic and metal components of the guns will then be melted down and recycled for raw materials. The materials will then be donated to aid the construction companies in the building of schools, playgrounds and hospitals. We look at this procedure as a way of “Saving A Life-to-Help Build Another One”!!!

Those who don’t have weapons, but, have bullets, will receive gift certificates that can be redeemed at local businesses and tickets to upcoming events. We can no longer just sit back and allow our streets to become the The Wild, Wild West. We have babies who are being shot while they are in the security of their mother’s arms. For those who are voluntarily willing to turn in your “Steel” we guarantee 100% amnesty and no questions asked at the designated drop-off locations.

We are inviting all law enforcement agencies, individuals, organizations, corporations and companies who are interested in participating/partnering with the “Steel-In-It” program to send a representative to The “Stop the Violence” Expo (Nov. 12-18, 2005), which will be held at various locations throughout metro Atlanta. We will be distributing additional information about the program at that time.

For us to have the necessary funds and gift certificates available to meet the demands of the gun turn in, we are asking “ALL” who are in a position to assist us with saving the lives of our children, to please send your letters of support, encouragement, gift certificates and monetary contributions to: God’s Pod Outreach Ministry, Inc., P.O. Box 920711, Norcross, GA 30010-0711.

We will be setting up a trust fund at local area banks in Georgia, so that monetary donations can be made in person. In addition, we will also hold numerous donation drives. All donations are tax deductible; as we are a non-profit organization in the process of obtaining 501 (C) (3) tax exempt status.

If any additional information is needed, please feel free to contact Abdul Chestnut (program coordinator) at abdulchestnut@chestnutbrothers.com or 267.974.3388.

Chestnut Brothers Hit Billboard Charts - July 21, 2007

The Chestnut Brothers single "Travelin' On" which is featured on their critically acclaimed Peace Suite CD debuted at No. 28 on Billboard Magazine's Hot 100 Singles Gospel Sales Chart.

View their videos on YouTube.

Need In Deed - May 31, 2006

The Chestnut Brothers performed their theme ("Stop The Violence") at Thurgood Marshall Elementary School (in Philadelphia) as a prelude to the students march to Olney High, in protest to end violence.

4 Points of Peace - November 18, 2005

The “4 Points of Peace” Caravan
(Honoring Rosa Parks & Hosea Williams)

For Immediate Release:

Originally planned for 11/12/05 as part of the 1st Annual Stop the Violence Expo-Atlanta, The 4 Points of Peace Caravan has been rescheduled to Saturday, January 14, 2006; to partake in the National King Day Celebration Weekend. It will honor the late Rosa Parks and be led by family members of murdered Georgia children and surviving victims of violence.

The day’s events will start with a press conference and rally at 11am in Clayton County at the Sparkles Skating Center on GA Hwy 85 in Riverdale. The procession will then depart at 12 noon and will pass through Fulton, Cobb & Gwinnett counties; and as it approaches the last leg in Dekalb County, we will march together (All races, religions, cultures and persuasions) as a sign of solidarity & strength. We can no longer let race or religion prevent us from working together to save the lives of our children.

The festivities include a special tribute to the many women who were raped and murdered in the Louisiana Superdome & Reliant Arena during the Hurricane Katrina crisis. Special invited guest speakers include elected officials, entertainers, celebrities and many surprise guests. There will be a Crime Summit & Youth Empowerment Workshop, a Fashion Show (featuring hurricane evacuees and youths from metro Atlanta shelters) and The Praisin’ For Peace Concert (which honors the late Hosea Williams) and will feature surprise appearances by some of the world’s most talented artists.

Several issues will be addressed during the workshops; such as, domestic violence, peer pressure, youth unemployment and creating partnerships for our upcoming initiatives: The Steel-N-It Gun Recovery Program, College Student Clothing & Food Bank, Atlanta Youth Summer Job Program, The Stop the Violence Concert Series and The One Love Family Assistance Program. We encourage everyone to get on board early and be apart of these meaningful programs. So, come out on Saturday, January 14, 2006, and take a stand against violence, ignorance and oppression!!!! Let your voice be heard!!!!

If additional information is needed or to pledge your support, please visit us at www.chestnutbrothers.com or call program coordinator Abdul Chestnut at 267.974.3388.

The "Stop the Violence" Expo - November 9, 2005

A Week of Peace

In these days and times where the places to have safe family fun have become few and far between, The “Save Our Children” Campaign invite you to join us for Family Fun Night. With the hustle and bustle of a busy schedule, family’s have a hard time spending quality time together. Even though The 1st Annual Stop the Violence Expo in Atlanta is geared towards violence prevention; we also realize that strengthening the family structure is a way to reduce the crime rate as well.

So, we have provided a safe haven for you to enjoy yourselves!!! Please join us at the following locations for Atlanta Peace Week 2005:

Saturday, November 12, 2005 (7pm-11:30pm)
Golden Glide Skating
2750 Wesley Chapel Road, Decatur, GA 30034 (404) 288-7773
Call for prices

Sunday, November, 13, 2005 (3pm-4:45pm)
New Beginning Church
923 Valley Brook Road, Decatur, GA 30033 (404) 292-3750
Changing the Way We Do Church with Greater St. Stephens Church-New Orleans
We will be collecting donations for Hurricane Katrina/Rita victims to benefit Paul S. Morton Ministries. They so desperately need your help!!!

Monday, November 14, 2005 (8pm-11:30pm)
AMF Bowling Center/Shannon Mall
5100 Goodson Connector Rd, Union City, GA 30291 (770) 969-0100
Call for prices & lane reservations

Tuesday, November 15, 2005 (9pm-11:30pm)
AMF Bowling Center
565 Cobb Pkwy, South, Marietta, GA 30060 (770) 427-4696
Call for prices & lane reservations

Wednesday, November 16, 2005 (7pm-9pm)
The Way, The Truth & The Life Christian Center
2255 Miller Rd, Decatur, GA 30035 (770) 981-8270
Evening of Healing, Prayer & Salvation

Thursday, November 17, 2005 (6pm-1am)
AMF Bowling Center
4990 Jimmy Carter Blvd, Norcross, GA 30093 (770) 923-5080
Call to reserve your lanes

Friday, November 18, 2005 (7pm-11:30pm)
Skate Town
5570 Old National Hwy, College Park, GA 30349 (404) 288.7773
Call for prices

Focus Atlanta - October 30, 2005

On Wednesday, November 2, 2005, Community Activist and The "Save Our Children" Campaign director "Abdul Chestnut" will be interviewed on the UPN/Atlanta Talk Show "Focus Atlanta" (www.upnatlanta.com); the show will air on Sunday, November 6, 2005 at 12noon.

The show is geared towards community empowerment initiatives and it also focuses on individuals who are making a positive impact in the community.

We are very proud of his acomplishments; and we congratulate him.

The Back-to-School Peace Party - September 23, 2005

For Immediate Release:

The Figueroa Dedication
(Official Press Release)

Release Date: August, 26, 2005

The lives of Latoyia & (her unborn daughter) Nyla Figueroa will be honored during The “Back-to-School Peace Party.” The 2-day event slated for September 23rd & 24th; will be held at 4th & Washington Avenue (South Philly).
It includes a Blood Drive sponsored by the American Red Cross (honoring all Delaware Valley Firefighters, Police Officers, & Military Personnel killed in the line of duty). Within the next several days we will be having pre-registration sessions for interested individuals.

There will be a special dedication to Latoyia & Nyla Figueroa. We would like to show support for our good friend, Philadelphia Police Officer Jose Figueroa & his family. Officer Figueroa has been a constant supporter of our Youth Violence-Preventative Programs; and this time we at The SOC Campaign would like to return the favor.


There will be periodical updates and a press conference that will provide complete details of the program’s itinerary. Please keep the family in your prayers, hug your loved ones a little tighter and don’t forget to tell them that you love them!

For additional information, feel free to contact Abdul Chestnut at 267.974.3388 or abdulchestnut@chestnutbrothers.com.

Operation: BLOODHOUND - August 31, 2005

Operation: BLOODHOUND
(Official Press Release)


For Immediate Release:

There are so many things going on in the Tri-State area that is news worthy, there is just not enough time to dedicate the necessary attention to each situation. With so many breaking news stories across the city and surrounding counties, there is simply not enough time available for certain situations to get their just due; especially Missing Persons reports.

A primary example is the Latoyia Figueroa case. She was missing for several days before it received national media coverage. Largely in part by “Email Bloggers” and the tenacious and aggressive campaign spearheaded by her father Melvin. For those families who have that type of diligence, the odds are a lot greater; but what about the families who don’t have father figures present or who don’t come from a tight-knit family; what happens to their cases? The odds for them being on CNBC, CNN, Good Morning America and shows of that caliber are slim to none.

There are just too many people missing and not enough police manpower to follow up on every lead. It’s hard for the thousands of reports to get filed in a timely manner. So, we have created “OPERATION: Bloodhound.” It is a plan devised to assist families in getting the word out about their missing loved ones to the local & national media. When a person from the Delaware Valley is considered to be missing, their information & photo is logged into our database. We will then initiate a media campaign via faxes & emails; as well as organize rallies to generate leads and raise money for reward funds.

On Friday, September 23rd (4-6pm) & Saturday, September 24th (2-6pm), we invite the families of LaToya Byrd (15), Teneke Daniels (27), Daniel Imbo (34) & Richard Patrone (35) to join us at 4th & Washington Ave (South Philly). We will be distributing posters and flyers in hopes of obtaining information regarding the whereabouts of their loved ones. We are asking all media sources that receive this press release to please forward it to your affiliates.

If you would like to add to the reward fund or have information, please contact the Citizens Crime Commission @ 215.546.8477.

For event information, feel free to contact Abdul Chestnut @ 267.974.3388 or abdulchestnut@chestnutbrothers.com.

Parade For Peace - August 6, 2005

Parade For Peace
(North Philly Aztecs)
2004 Pop Warner Super Bowl Champions

For Immediate Release:Updated Info

The “Save Our Children” Campaign in conjunction with P.A.P.A. (People Achieving Positive Attitudes, Inc.) invite you to the 1st Annual Family Fun Day & Bike Fest, which will be held at South Philadelphia H.S. (parking lot) on Saturday, August 6, 2005. The day’s events will be kicked off by the “Parade For Peace” honoring the North Philly Aztecs (www.northphilaaztecs.com). It will be led by 16 year-old Michael Yancy and 12 year-old Ebony Smith. The caravan will leave Broad & Tioga Street at 10:00a.m. SHARP and head south on Broad Street.

Once it arrives at City Hall, there will be a Peace Rally from 12:00-12:30pm honoring the lives of 21 year-old Asia Adams (West Chester University student murdered in her Germantown home in November 2004); Deanna Wright-McIntosh (15 year-old Penn Wood High School student whose body was found burned in a 50 gallon drum in West Philly in December 2004); San-Dee King (24 year-old who was murdered in her Frankford apartment in January 2005); Javon Connor (18 year-old Southern High School student found murdered in North Philly row house in February 2005) and Kayla Peters (15 year-old killed by hit-and-run driver on Ridge Avenue in June 2005).

At 1:00pm, the procession will continue south on Broad Street & end at Broad & Snyder Ave. You may drive in the procession if desired. Drill teams and marching bands will join the parade at different points throughout the march; we do not encourage participants to walk this entire route. If you are on public transportation, please join us at City Hall.

The Cookout & Bike Fest will be from 2:00-6:00pm. It includes a fashion show by Philly Native Clothing Company (www.phillynative.com), a community dialogue forum, youth Rap Session and topped off by the “Stop the Violence” concert, featuring The Chestnut Brothers with UGO (Urban Guerilla Orchestra), 2 Hot 2 Handle, along with special surprise guests. There will be free food available, but we want everyone to bring your grilles, blankets and volleyballs, so we can turn this thing into one BIG Family Affair.

So, come on out to this FREE event and help celebrate the accomplishments of our “Little Heroes.”
They fought through adversity to bring our city its first championship in 21 years!!!!

We are asking ALL citywide drill and step teams to participate in this parade. If you are an organization or individual that would like to participate in this monumental event, please feel free to contact Abdul Chestnut (event coordinator) at 267.974.3388 or (www.chestnutbrothers.com).

If you would like to make a donation or volunteer, contact Darlene Chatman-Cummings at 267.253.3862 or (www.u24papa.org.

The "Stop the Violence" Campaign - January 1, 2005

Due to its enormous success in 2004, the world-wide campaign will kick off again in June 2005, in Philadelphia.

The movement will include marches, crime summits, fundraisers for youths who are economically challenged, toys & clothes drives along with many other programs.

Stay tuned for details.

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