In New York, we observe June as Gun Violence Awareness Month. The GVAM resolution, introduced by Assembly member Karim Camara and State Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson, was the first in the nation to bring proactive, statewide attention to the issue of gun violence for an entire month. Local out reach program Guns Down Life Up hit the streets to honor the movement.
Their mission is to raise awareness on gun violence and implement strategies about violence prevention. The organization actively engage in community events for the inner city youth, and work jointly with educators, violence prevention specialists, and other inspiring leaders throughout the city.
On Thursday June 23rd, Guns Down Life Up marched alongside South Bronx Academy for Applied Media. The march was one of many events to commemorate Gun Violence Awareness Month. Anti-gun violence specialist have launched innumerable assembly’s this month, to remember victims who have lost their lives due to gun violence.
Community advocates encouraged NYC to wear orange for city-wide visibility. Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams said, “Just as orange road signs warn drivers about potential dangers on our roads, the city will use orange in the month of June to warn New Yorker’s about the continued threat of gun violence in local neighborhoods.”
Sadly, every day we see how gun violence has the ability to affect all of us. Guns Down Life Up continue to speak up and take action to help protect New York city communities. PYNK encourage the youth of today to support the movement, and make peace a lifestyle.