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Monica Cannon, the administrative assistant at ReEnergy Roxbury (pictured right), was instrumental in planning and promoting the 3rd Annual Got Peace? basketball tournament hosted by The Peace Collaborative and The MA Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence in conjunction with Youth In Crisis Ministries, The City of Boston and Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh (pictured center).

The March 14th event was a fun inter-generational sporting event to promote alternatives to violence.

Monica is director of promotions for the Peace Collaborative, which is a group established in October 2013 by a dozen community organizations. Monica represents the Back to School Block Party, which she established herself to improve her community of Roxbury.

Steve Tompkins, the Suffolk County Sheriff, describes Monica as “one of the most ardent community activists that you would ever, ever want to meet. She is a rock star.”

To promote the event, Monica was interviewed on television and participated in videos with community leaders.

Monica, who has three school-aged children, said she was moved to become an activist after a young man in her community was shot at her doorstep. “I decided the streets couldn’t have my children,” she said. “I got angry and I got involved….How can I expect anything positive to come out of the community if I don’t put anything in?”

In addition to her work with the Peace Collaborative and the Back to School Block Party for Peace, Monica is the executive director of The Tito Jackson Community Fund, the civic engagement coordinator for the NAACP, and co-chair of the Parent Council for The Lila Frederick Pilot School.

“We admire all of the work that Monica does in our community, and we thank her for making Roxbury safer and stronger,” said Richard Geisser, manager of ReEnergy Recycling Operations.