By Cierra Hinckson, Student Organizer and Lauren Footman, Director of Outreach and Equity

Following the death of George Floyd, America entered into a new moment of racial reckoning that caused public, private, and non-profit sectors alike to grapple with racial equity. This inflection point happened as the nation was already navigating two public health crises, COVID-19 and gun violence, which like police brutality, are disproportionately impacting Black communities. During this time frame many public commitments were made by groups such as corporations, nonprofits, and educational institutions to address racial disparities in their respective sectors, and Black communities around the country…

Now with the election behind us, newly elected members of Congress must find ways to work together to deliver results on behalf of an American electorate that turned out in record numbers to participate in our democracratic process. As the coronavirus pandemic continues to rage throughout the American landscape and with millions of Americans still out of work, there is no shortage of challenges ahead for the 117th Congress. But one aspect that must not be overlooked is the epidemic of American gun violence that kills nearly 40,000 Americans each year.

As we are still learning the lessons from the…

Dear Breonna,

Today you should be celebrating your 27th birthday with your loved ones. But unfortunately, your life was cut short due to a justice system that is steeped in racism. Today and every day, I will uplift your name; you made the ultimate sacrifice serving as an essential worker during this unprecedented time. You showed up for your community, and it is only right that we show up for you. Your name means “strength,” and that is what you have given me and so many others. Your name has served as a rallying cry for so many Black women.

Artist: Ariel Sinha

Infectious disease is currently dominating the news. The COVID-19 pandemic has affected countries across the world, with the virus spreading quickly between individuals. The disease has altered our way of life, decimating communities, burdening our healthcare systems, and forcing people to shelter in place.

While COVID-19 remains a public health emergency, there is another ongoing public health crisis in the United States: gun violence. Though these two crises may initially seem unrelated, the two share several common threads — and the same framework for a solution.

Gun violence has many analogs to infectious disease. Like COVID-19, gun violence can affect…

Sixty-seven people die by firearm suicide daily — more than the deadliest mass shooting in American history happening every single day.

The numbers don’t lie. Gun violence remains our national shame.

This month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new data related to firearm deaths. The numbers were heartbreaking — nearly 40,000 Americans died by gun violence in 2018 — but unfortunately, they were not surprising. Despite a minimal decrease in overall firearm deaths from 2017, gun violence continues to take an enormous toll on our society.

In a new analysis of the 2018 data, our affiliate, The Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence, released Gun Violence in America: An Analysis of 2018 CDC Data. …

As we head towards the holidays and a new year, far too many families in Philadelphia will have empty seats at their dinner tables. News reports indicate that more than 110 teens and children have been hit by gunfire in Philadelphia in 2019. These children and teens have been shot walking home from school, standing on the street, attending sporting events and practices, participating in average, day-to-day activities. The toll of daily gun violence is having a devastating effect on families. The deadly year in Philadelphia is not unique, but it should never be accepted as normal.

Despite the fact…

The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence’s Impacted Community Team is excited to launch “Lives Impacted: Gun Violence Stories from Impacted Communities”, a monthly blog series highlighting this epidemic in the communities most affected, yet rarely discussed.

Last Friday, Clarence Venable was fatally shot leaving a training session on how to become violence interrupter. The program was an effort to take action and reduce the levels of violence in Washington, DC that have been steadily increasing over the past few years. …

The real history of the extreme risk law — as told by its creators.

On Monday, Donald Trump addressed the nation regarding the tragic shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio. He accepted no responsibility for his role in inspiring and emboldening armed white supremacists. He called people with mental illness “monsters.” He blamed video games for our nation’s gun violence epidemic. In short, he got it almost completely wrong. Almost.

The one thing Trump got right was our country’s need for Extreme Risk Protection Orders (ERPO) — sometimes called extreme risk laws.

As of August 2019, 17 states and the District of Columbia have enacted ERPO: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii…

Even after 30 years of working in gun violence prevention, weekends like this past one never get easier. Two mass shootings within 24 hours. Dozens dead. Warning signs of violence unheeded. Weapons of war ripping families apart. And in one case, a racist manifesto that echoes the rhetoric of the President of the United States. In my decades of working in this field, I have seen the evolution of armed hatred in this country. And this weekend made one thing frighteningly clear: we have a heavily armed, unregulated citizen militia acting on behalf of Donald Trump.

I have spent much…

No more thoughts and prayers. It’s time for votes and laws.

Earlier this summer, 12 people were shot and killed by their coworker in a Virginia Beach municipal building. This act of senseless violence had a traumatic ripple effect on the entire community. Parents, partners, friends, and neighbors received news that their loved ones would not be coming home.

As I watched the news, my heart ached for the community and the families of those killed. I know what it is like for gun violence to touch your life out of nowhere — because 12 years ago, it happened to my family.

On April 16, 2007, I got a call that…

Coalition to Stop Gun Violence

The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV) is a 501(c)(4) organization founded in 1974. We are the nation’s oldest gun violence prevention organization.

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