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Boxing Event In St. Thomas To Celebrate Life of Ali … And Seeks To End Gun Violence In The Territory

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — We Grow Food, Inc. is hosting an historic event on Sunday, March 26, 2017 at the Bordeaux Farmers’ Market from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Organizers said that the “event is dedicated to the youth of the Virgin Islands with a focus on reducing and ceasing gun violence especially amongst our young men.”

“Our mission is to share the legacy of a great man, Muhammad Ali- “The Greatest”, and ignite pride, hope and respect in the hearts of our youth and VI community,” the organizers said. “This Celebration Is Dedicated to Ending/Reducing Virgin Islands Gun Violence with a program subtitle of: A Vision of the Virgin Islands Centennial (1917 -2017) and Voices of Empowerment for the Next 100 Years.”

The main event is an amateur boxing exhibition provided by USVI Boxing Federation and will include competitors from the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and the British Virgin Islands.

Scheduled speakers for the event include: the Honorable Myron Jackson, Senator of the 32nd VI Legislature Three Time World (Light Middleweight/Middleweight) Champion Julian Jackson, Middleweight Champion John Jackson & Olympic Medalist Clayton Laurant, Dr. Chenzira Davis Kahina, Director, UVI Virgin Islands Caribbean Cultural Center Imam Abubakal Muhammad, Virgin Islands Muslim Mosque,   Liston Monsanto Sr., Author of Perpetuating the Memory of a Sportscaster, Dr. & Mrs. David Hall, President, University of Virgin Islands Entertainment, MC Vernon Araujo, Melee Media and  DJ Earthquake.  This is a family event with a photo exhibit, Vendors Arts & Crafts, children’s activity center, Ital, Vegan and vegetarian Cuisine.

Sponsors of the event include:  Sports Parks and Recreation (DSPR), Virgin Islands Transfer Centennial Commission, Virgin Islands Port Authority (VIPA), Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands (CFVI), Iyanla Vanzant And Melee Media.

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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