ALL IN FOR PEACE CAMPAIGN
The recent murder of Nipsey Hussle in Los Angeles’ Crenshaw neighborhood, highlights the tragic toll of every day gun violence on communities of color in the United States.
Gun violence is a public health crisis. Every day 100 people are killed with guns in the United States. Almost 13,000 of which are firearm homicides, which disproportionately affect communities of color. Black Americans are far more likely than white Americans to be victimized by, and exposed to gun violence than any other demographic, a fact that reflects and intensifies the country’s long-standing racial inequities.
→ Over 7,000 black Americans die by gun homicide every year -- nearly ten times more than white Americans. The majority of these victims are black males between 15 and 29 years old.
→ Black males are 15 times more likely than white males to be shot and injured in assaults involving guns.
→ Black children and teens are 14 times more likely than white children and teens of the same age to die by gun homicide.
→ Three times more black women are killed by gun homicide every year than white women.
→ Gun murders are concentrated in racially segregated neighborhoods, which are marked by intense poverty and low levels of education. In these neighborhoods, the average gun homicide rate is 16 times higher than the U.S. national average.
WHAT (THE PROMISE)
We believe the hip hop community has an opportunity to use our voices and the power of culture to galvanize many more Americans to the gun violence prevention movement. We believe that every action, no matter how small, helps bring us closer to a future free from gun violence. Which is why we promise to uphold the following three principles:
1. To use our voices to raise awareness about everyday gun violence in our community, which is disproportionately impacted.
2. To accurately depict gun violence and the accompanying trauma in our music/art.
3. To actively support individuals and community-based groups who are fighting to reduce gun violence in our neighborhoods.
It’s simple. Use your platform to announce your promise to the community and elevate the work of the community-based organizations that are doing the work on the front lines every day to stop gun violence.
Full Social Media Directions
Write the following on a sign or piece of paper or sign board. Then take a photo of yourself holding it to include as the image in your post:
I’m using my voice to help end gun violence.
I promise to help end gun violence.
Below, are some sample posts that share key facts about the impact of daily gun violence, and direct followers (if they wish) to make a donation to the Black and Brown Gun Violence Prevention Consortium--a national coalition of community-based organizations that unifies the voices of those on the front lines, fighting gun violence and promoting peace in their communities. Of course, if you prefer, please write from your heart, and use whatever elements of the sample posts you like best.
In the week before Nipsey Hussle was shot, there were 26 other shooting victims in Los Angeles alone. Join me in building a future free from gun violence by making a donation to and following @BlackBrownGVP: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/bbgvp #Allin4Peace
In an average day, 100 Americans are shot & killed. Join me in uplifting those working to stop this epidemic by making a donation to and following @BlackBrownGVP: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/bbgvp #Allin4Peace
Black Americans are 10x more likely than white Americans to die by gun homicide, a fact that reflects & intensifies America’s long-standing racial inequities. Join me in donating to and following @BlackBrownGVP: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/bbgvp. #Allin4Peace
Over 7,000 black Americans die by gun homicide every year. I’m using my voice to help end the silence around every day gun violence in our communities. Join me by donating to and following @BlackBrownGVP: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/bbgvp. #Allin4Peace
At the Consortium, we understand the time is now to uplift the anti-gun violence work being done in our most impacted communities and to raise the resources necessary to continue this essential work.
To support the All In For Peace Campaign please click the logos below, that will direct you to each organization’s ActBlue page.