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Raise Your Voice: Advocacy and Action for Common Sense Gun Reform

DREF announces the release of a new toolkit entitled “Raise Your Voice: A Community Guide to Address Gun Violence” designed for community-based organizations to conduct advocacy, prevention, and education initiatives to decrease gun violence. Available Now!
Raise Your Voice: Advocacy and Action for Common Sense Gun Reform

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“Raise Your Voice: A Community Guide to Address Gun Violence” 

 At the 9th Annual Stephanie Tubbs Jones Social Justice Institute Forum held on March 11 in conjunction with the 30th Annual Delta Days in the Nation’s Capital (DDNC), the topic addressed was gun violence.  Using the theme: “Raise Your Voice: Advocacy and Action for Common Sense Gun Reform,” DREF announced the release of this toolkit designed to guide community-based organizations in conducting outreach for advocacy, prevention, and education as it relates to decreasing gun violence and related issues. 

DREF President Carolyn E. Lewis explained at the STJ Forum that the Foundation was compelled to address the gun violence epidemic this year after reviewing the findings of a research project conducted by the Sister Scholars Advisory Council.  The study examined the impact and consequence of gun violence on African American women and girls and the results were alarming.  The study indicated that gun violence is any everyday stressor in the African American community, noting that African Americans comprise 14 percent of the U.S. Population, but are victims of more than half of all gun homicides. Moreover, African American women are three times more likely than white women to be murdered by a gun. These statistics were an impetus for DREF to start a national dialogue.

 

The 2019 STJ Forum panelists who created a national conversation with the 1,000 Delta members attending DDNC included Congresswoman Robin Kelly (D-IL), who is a leading the effort for common sense reform on many levels; Rev. Dr. Leonard Hamlin, Sr., Canon Missioner at the Washington National Cathedral; Dr. Regina Davis Moss, Associate Executive Director at the American Public Health Association; and Teresa Younger, President of the Ms. Foundation.  Delta Member Tracee Wilkins of NBC4 served as the panel moderator.

 

DREF President Lewis commended the Sister Scholars Advisory Council and its Research Subcommittee for producing the gun violence toolkit.  The Research Subcommittee is led by Dr. Tchicaya Robertson and Nikisha Horn, chaired the toolkit effort and she was joined by Dr. Wanda G. Brockington, Dr. Natalie Tindall, and Deborah Peaks Coleman, DREF Director of Programs.

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