We believe that Black Lives Matter. We believe that Police Violence is Gun Violence.
In response to the police killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, there have been nationwide calls to reform and reimagine police forces and to invest in community solutions to gun violence and other social ills.
In Massachusetts, we have a track record of funding non-law enforcement programs that successfully reduce gun violence. However, these programs are at risk because of budget changes due to Coronavirus. We must not let changes in our state budget disproportionately affect the same community worst hit by COVID-19. Please stand with us in supporting funding for violence intervention programs and tell your state legislators to fund these programs at the same level as last year.
Did you know?
- 100 Americans die from guns everyday. But did you know black Americans are 10X more likely than white Americans to die by gun homicide, and 14Xmore likely than white Americans to be injured in a gun assault?
- Every year, 600 American women are shot to death by an intimate partner. But did you know black women are 2X as likely as white women to be fatally shot by an intimate partner?
- 1,500 children are killed by guns every year. But did you know black children are 10X more likely to be killed in a gun homicide than white children?
- 1,000 civilians are fatally shot by law enforcement each year. But did you know unarmed black civilians are nearly 5X more likely to be shot and killed by police than unarmed white civilians?
Thank you to all our volunteers, advocates and allies who joined #WearOrange for gun violence awareness!