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Wednesday, June 2, 2021
JUNE NEWSLETTER: JUNE IS GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION MONTH
We are pleased to share the good work of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV) and Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence (Ed Fund) with you! We hope you enjoy this month’s update. We want to remind you that the best way to stay up-to-date is to visit www.csgv.org and www.efsgv.org as well as follow us on social media including Facebook and Twitter.
The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence and the Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence will mark Wear Orange weekend June 4-6, and we will honor and remember the lives, families, and communities who have suffered and continue to suffer the ongoing scourge of American gun violence.
June is Gun Violence Awareness Month. From honoring the life of Hadiya Pendleton to remembering Breonna Taylor on her birthday to marking the devastating anniversaries of hate-filled massacres in Orlando and Charleston, these tragic milestones underscore the urgent need to end the gun violence plaguing our nation. We want this to be more than a month of awareness, this is a call to action!
On Wear Orange weekend and every day throughout the year, we stand with all of the survivors, activists, advocates, and organizations as we push for a stronger, safer nation for all Americans.
On May 17, the Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence and CeaseFirePA convened an expert panel for a briefing to contextualize extreme risk protection orders (ERPOs), a policy tool with the potential to prevent firearm homicide and suicide in Pennsylvania and across the country. The briefing was moderated by State Affairs Manager Lisa Geller and Adam Garber, executive director of CeaseFirePA. Watch a recording of the panel here.
In The News
Student Organizer Cierra Hinckson authored an op-ed in The Tennessean. She writes, “By investing in programs that interrupt the cycle of violence and build up communities through investments to address the root causes of such violence, all Tennesseans can benefit. ”
Executive Director Josh Horwitz published a letter to the editor in the Washington Post. He writes, “I have been battling the National Rifle Association for 30 years, and this is the weakest I’ve ever seen it. However, that doesn’t mean the gun rights movement is fading away; it is just no longer led by the formerly influential organization. Though the NRA has been promoting insurrectionary rhetoric for decades, groups such as the Proud Boys, who have seized upon this violent ideology, are operationalizing it and now have the energy in the modern gun rights movement.”
Director of Political Communications Andrew Patrick published a letter to the editor in the Baltimore Sun. He writes, “Maryland’s ERPO law is one of the strongest in the country — but the state legislature should fully fund ERPO implementation efforts and law enforcement must be adequately trained and equipped to utilize this tool. Above all, key stakeholders and the public should know that these critical public safety resources are available to them to prevent gun violence in their communities.”
CSGV @ Home
This month on CSGV @ Home, Special Advisor Kami Chavis joined Director of Political Communications Andrew Patrick to discuss the anniversary of George Floyd’s murder, the past year, and what it means for the social justice movement going forward. Watch the interview here.
May is Mental Health Month, and Director of Strategic Communications Bryan Barks and State Affairs Manager Lisa Geller joined Andrew to talk about the difference between mental health and mental illness and the intersection of mental illness and gun violence. Watch the video here.