From Pain to Progress: Confronting the Struggle on the Front Lines of America's Gun Violence Crisis
Urge your members of Congress to support the Break the Cycle of Violence Act. It’s time to give community heroes the tools they need to help us all live free from gun violence!
Demand Congress Commit $5 Billion to End Gun Violence
MEET THE HEROES
The crisis of gun violence in the United States is getting worse. Too many kids and teens are losing their lives, and communities of color are bearing the brunt of gun violence. We all have the right to live free from gun violence.
In cities big and small across the country, community heroes are working to save lives and solve this national emergency.
Violence prevention and intervention programs are a secret superpower in the battle against gun violence. They combine street outreach, powerful community call-ins, and hospital intervention providing survivors and families with counseling, support, and mediation.
Study after study has proven the lifesaving value of these community-based programs: in some cities where leaders have had long-term backing for their work, gun homicides dropped by almost half. But now with gun violence surging nationwide, prevention programs are losing funds, and too many violence interrupters are doing their lifesaving work without a living wage.
BREAK THE CYCLE
The Break the Cycle Act would provide $5 billion dollars over 8 years to fund the lifesaving work of violence interrupters like Lamar Johnson, a violence prevention coordinator with BRAVE in Chicago who teaches teens what they can say and do to promote peace. Lamar literally saves lives. Break the Cycle would help Lamar and thousands of violence interrupters like him across the country save more lives from gun violence and prevent the pain and lasting trauma suffered by parents, siblings and neighbors.