A Cause, A Movement, A City Without Tears

By Alexandria Adams
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (UTC/The Loop)- Michael Kelly, also known as Big Mike Mic, is a local Chattanooga rapper who dreams of a city without violence.

Kelly and his brother Brian started the project, “City Without Tears”, a year and a half ago. M. Kelly said, “ I want to bring awareness, awareness to the numbness of the violence and injustice that has been going on in the community.”

City Without Tears flyer

City Without Tears flyer

M. Kelly said that City Without Tears was inspired by his own self reflection, and seeing the tremendous toll that a life with violence takes on not only one person, but a community.

M. Kelly considers himself an artist and has been creating music for ten years. He wrote a six track EP, a documentary, a poem ,and a music video to help spread the message about the reoccurring violence and murders that Chattanooga has been experiencing.

By seeing the effects of violence firsthand M. Kelly said that is what drives him to continue his efforts to help put a stop to the violent crimes. “God led my heart to stop talking and be active.”

The two brothers hope City Without Tears becomes not just a message, but also a movement. B. Kelly said,” No one wants to see anyone hurt; especially not someone that you love. If one person is hurt, that hurt is going to spread.”

Brian Kelly speaks about the cause in the documentary

Brian Kelly speaks about the cause in the documentary

They hope their efforts make an impact not only on the local community, but that the message to end violence reaches to other cities having the same problem.
M. Kelly said, “ This project needs to be on the biggest platform possible. There is heavy violence going on in every city. This, most definitely is something that needs to be broadcast.”

B. Kelly said, “Everything is like an infection. If you don’t do something, it’s only going to get bigger and bigger. Why be reactive, when we can be more proactive?”

They hope to raise at least $10,000 for the project.

If you are interested in finding out more information about the City Without Tears project please e-mail Brian Kelley at bdotkelly@gmail.com or call 423-903-4293.  If you would like to donate to the City Without Tears project please visit www.kickstarter.com and type “City Without Tears” into the search bar.
You can also follow Michael Kelly on Twitter and “like” his Facebook page.Make sure to view the exclusive interview with the Kelly brothers only on the Mocs News Youtube page.






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  1. I agree this articles. Thanks for sharing

  2. This is a great article, and I hope to see the Kelly brothers “City Without Tears” movement spread nation wide and inspires the decline in violence. As we all know, violence is an unnecessary plague that infects many cities around America and the world.

  3. Hello,
    this is a great article and thank you very much for it. Violence is very bad on society and community peace, as the feeling of safety and to live safely is essential in Vlhma society and we must find problems and solutions to nip violence and eradicated. But somethings that push young people to violence is the lack of voice that listens to them to solve their problems, to exploit the leisure they own and the role of governments from the sale of weapons and guns reduction and do not let sold only to those who is matter.

    thanks again