Action Alert!! We need your help to ensure that GVP is prioritized in the FY22 budget. Contact Chairs Rodrigues and Michlewitz today to urge them to support funding the Neighborhood Gun Violence Prevention Program (4590-1504) at the $500,000 level. The programs funded by this line item do vital work to reduce gun violence and keep communities safer. Make your voice heard by emailing them today.
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In celebration of youth leadership, the Boston Public Health Commission's VIP program produced its second annual Youth R.I.S.E Rally. The rally was spearheaded directly by Boston youth as they Realize, Interpret, Stop, and Empower their peers to prevent gun violence. The rally featured Boston youth poets, musicians, and activists who shared their perspectives and personal experiences on gun violence. The rally highlights the role young people play in preventing gun violence in their communities. It also served as a space for organizations to share violence prevention resources provided throughout the city of Boston.
In small groups Angelica was able to provide an introduction to the Coalition and offer support to the youth interested in learning more about advocacy, public policy, and community organizing. The youth noted that organizations must prioritize youth and BIPOC voices to further advance our fight against gun violence. By creating intergenerational spaces we allow innovative ideas and new ideologies to be shared and further develop our advocacy and civic engagement. When youth are included at the table we allow those most affected by the issue and living the realities of its aftermath to be leaders, and change-makers in addressing violence.
- Mar 5, 2021
Updated: Nov 16, 2021
Having meaningful engagement with the communities we serve is the highlight of being a community organizer. Angelica has had the opportunity to continue this work with her community of Brockton, alongside Tina Cardoso. Tina is the founder of Cape Verdean Woman United, sits on the Coalition's Community Council, and actively works to unify grassroots efforts in the City of Brockton. This past year she formed the Brockton Coalition of Grassroots Organizations. Historically these groups have navigated the city in silos. In this coalition space, we work to build collective power amongst grassroots organizations for further development, expansion, and mobilization. This image is from the Brockton Coalition of grassroots organization's first-ever kickoff event with Boston's city councilor at large, Julia Mejia. Councilor Mejia is a longtime community organizer and activist, she has supported the Brockton coalition in defining and reimagining what community mobilization could look like in Brockton. Through community organizing, we build collective power and unity through mobilizing communities to take meaningful action to end and prevent violence.
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