WEDNESDAY: National Anti-Gun Violence Campaign Focused on Black and Brown Communities to Launch at DC Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement
Washingtonians impacted by gun violence and national community leaders working to end gun violence will speak at the event.
For Immediate Release
January 25, 2019
WASHINGTON – A national organization working to end gun violence in communities of color will launch a new national grassroots campaign on Wednesday, January 30 at 11 a.m. at the D.C. Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement (ONSE).
The Community Justice Action Fund (CJAF) will launch the Building For Us Campaign to hold elected officials and community leaders accountable for ending gun violence in communities of color. The five-year campaign is meant to build safe and justice communities and empower leaders in communities of color working to end gun violence. The goals of the campaign include:
Passing community-led funding policies to support reductions of gun-related homicides, interpersonal violence, and suicides in communities of color.
Empowering leaders within communities of color and allies to support those closest to the pain of gun violence
Closing gaps in research, message, and data for solutions.
Training new and existing advocates to hold stakeholders accountable in supporting communities of color in the gun violence prevention movement.
Growing a bloc of civically engaged Black and Brown voters that are that are interested in gun violence prevention.
The launch event will include a press conference with national experts on reducing gun violence in communities of color, including Greg Jackson, deputy director of the Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement, and Erica Ford, whose work has been critical to significantly reducing gun violence in New York City. Following the press conference, CJAF will host a roundtable discussion with survivors of gun violence before a tour of the Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement.
The event will be live-streamed on the Community Justice Action Fund’s Facebook Page for those outside of Washington.
Leaders with CJAF and the ONSE are available for interview. Please contact Heather Cabral at 202-550-6880 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
WHAT: Launch of the Building for Us Campaign
WHO: Community Justice Action Fund, D.C. Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement
Press Conference Speakers
Amber Goodwin, founder, Community Justice Action Fund
Greg Jackson, Survivor and Deputy Director, Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement
Erica Ford, co-founder LifeCamp
Andrea Hailey, founder, Civic Engagement Fund
Roundtable Discussion Speakers
Duane Cunningham - Violence Interrupter
Markee Young - Pathways Program Graduate
Julius Terry - Pathways Program Graduate
Robert Butler - Pathways Program Graduate
Cherise Mattheson - Pathways Program
WHEN: Wednesday, January 30, 2019, 11:00 a.m. (press conference will be followed by a roundtable discussion, media are invited to stay).
WHERE: Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement, 100 42nd Street, NE, Washington, D.C.
The Community Justice Action Fund, a project of Tides Advocacy, is the nation’s leading advocacy organization led by women of color in the fight to end gun violence in America. We are changing the face of gun violence and building collective power by leading grassroots efforts with the people closest to the pain of everyday gun violence.