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Prevent Gun Violence MVP Awards (Online)

  • Thursday, September 23
  • 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
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Join TBE congregants working to end gun violence by participating in the MA Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence’s largest event of the year, the Peace MVP Awards. Held this year on Zoom, the Coalition is honoring Cindy Diggs, an extraordinary activist, Peace Commissioner and Founder of Peace Boston. The event will also feature Boston’s remarkable Poet Laureaute Porsha Olayiwola. Donations of $50 are requested (but not required).

Click on the purple button above to register and donate.

The Coalition was initiated in the aftermath of Sandy Hook in 2013 by our own Janet Goldenberg who now serves as President of the Board of Directors. As gun deaths ravage the United States (40,000 Americans died this year and another 120,000 sustained serious firearm injuries), the Massachusetts Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence—co-founded by members of TBE—is addressing this major public health problem through education, advocacy, and community organizing. And, it needs your support to continue this work.

Suicide accounts for 58% of gun deaths in MA. Ongoing barriers to opportunity like disparities in health care, education, employment, housing and inequities in the criminal justice system underlie the problem. The Coalition works with communities across the Commonwealth to address these issues. Past legislative successes include the 2014 law strengthening background checks and data collection and ERPO—Extreme Risk Protection Order law—also known as red flag laws. Massachusetts is seen as a national leader in this area.

TBE Congregants to Prevent Gun Violence (TBEPGV): Since 2012, TBEPGV has aimed to reduce the scourge of gun violence in our community and our country – whether caused by crime, accident, or suicide. Acting from our values, we join together with a growing movement of faith-based and community groups to influence state and national legislation, to educate ourselves and others, and to supporting innovative efforts to reduce gun violence.

TBE’s Racial Justice Initiative seeks to increase our understanding and activism to address ongoing discrimination and inequality.

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