California Moms Demand Action Hold Virtual Town Hall on City Gun Violence to Ensure Violence Intervention and Prevention Funding is Protected Amid COVID-19 Pandemic
Yesterday, more than 300 Moms Demand Action volunteers were joined by Assemblymembers Mike A. Gipson and Jesse Gabriel, gun safety groups and community organizations, as well as survivors of gun violence, in a virtual town hall urging Governor Gavin Newsom and the state legislature to protect and maintain funding for the California Violence Intervention and Prevention Grant Program (CalVIP). The virtual town hall was held as state lawmakers return to the legislative session, and amid anticipated significant budget cuts in the May budget revise.
CalVIP supports community-based violence intervention programs that apply a localized approach to reducing gun violence in California’s hardest-hit neighborhoods. These programs apply a public health model to ending gun violence and keeping Californian communities safe. Moreover, many community-based prevention and intervention programs in the U.S. have now adapted their strategies to inform community members about the risks of COVID-19.
More information about violence intervention and prevention funding available here. Statistics about gun violence in California are available here, and information on how California’s gun laws compare to other states overall is available here.
If you have any questions, or would like to speak with volunteers with California Moms Demand Action, please don’t hesitate to reach out.
Did you know?
Every day, more than 110 Americans are killed with guns.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics. WONDER Online Database, Underlying Cause of Death. A yearly average was developed using five years of the most recent available data: 2016 to 2020. Everytown For Gun Safety Support Fund