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

The horrors of gun violence continue to plague our nation and threaten our communities. We wrapped up National Gun Violence Awareness Month in June, yet our focus on gun violence prevention at the Delta Research and Educational Foundation (DREF) continues. At DREF, we are concerned and we are involved because we know that gun violence is an everyday stressor, a public health issue, and an epidemic in Black America.
Raise Your Voice: Advocacy and Action for Common Sense Gun Reform

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Here is a quick snapshot of the impact of gun violence on our communities:
  • Black Americans make up 14% of the U.S. population, but are victims in more than 1/2 half of all gun homicides
  • Black women are 3 times more likely than White women to be murdered by a gun
  • Black men are 13 times more likely than non-Hispanic White men to be killed with a gun
  • Black children experience gun-related homicides about 10 times more than White children 
As you know, DREF is committed to improving the lives of African American women and their families. This work includes our research project on the "Impact and Consequences of Gun Violence on African American Women and Girls," conducted by our DREF Sister Scholars Advisory Council. As a result of what we learned from this groundbreaking research, DREF is focusing on ways to engage youth and their families to create strategies that lessen the gun violence in their communities, as well as address the consequences and aftermath of that violence.
 

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In these challenging times, gun violence is an even bigger threat, and it continues to be a threat nationwide.  The actions that we-and you-take now are more vital than ever. We're providing solid action steps: Our "Raise Your Voice Toolkit: A Community Guide to Address Gun Violence," offers advocacy, prevention, and educational strategies for community-based organizations that work with youth to help decrease gun violence. We're continuing to raise awareness: Our Motivational Monday social media posts are highlighting Black women mayors around the country who are speaking out on this issue. We're strengthening our outreach by partnering with a diverse array of community service organizations that share our concerns and commitment to addressing this scourge that is needlessly destroying so many lives and families. Delta Sigma Theta Sorority chapters and their community partners are collaborating to find solutions in their areas that lessen gun violence.
 
We need you to join us in this fight. Your involvement and support are essential for us to begin to turn these nightmarish numbers around. Please join this movement to raise awareness and work for positive change throughout the year. Together, we can make all the difference.
 
Sincerely yours,
Carolyn E. Lewis
DREF President    
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