OUR MISSION

LIVE FREE is a racial justice network of thousands of organizers, faith leaders, directly impacted families and organizations working to reimagine public safety and preserve democracy. We organize communities directly impacted by gun violence, police violence and mass incarceration in order to build the necessary power and influence at the local, state, and federal levels to secure peace, justice and belonging for all.We have local chapters and partner organizations in 20 states and 70+ cities which include black and brown church denominations, congregations, violence prevention organizations and millennial movement organizations.

A Moral Crisis

As people of faith, we know that our country’s legacy of racism, violence, and economic exploitation runs counter to what is prescribed in our most sacred texts. Sadly, the wealthiest and most powerful nation in the world is also one of the most violent and punitive. The U.S. has the highest incarceration rate in the world and, every year, more people are murdered with guns here at home than U.S. soldiers were killed annually in the Vietnam War. We continue to find ourselves in a moral crisis—a crisis which disproportionately impacts the poor and communities of color, but which should weigh on the minds and hearts of every one of us.

SOLUTIONS

Thankfully, there are proven, evidence-based solutions to dramatically reducing gun violence that do not require further criminalizing our communities. Cities that have implemented these strategies with fidelity have reduced shootings and homicides by 30-60%, often while also reducing arrests. LIVE FREE organizes communities directly impacted by gun violence and mass incarceration in order to build the necessary power and influence at the local, state, and federal levels to ensure that these solutions are being implemented.

BODY-BALLOT-BUCK FRAMEWORK

We use our BODY-BALLOT-BUCK framework to help build power

We mobilize our collective BODY which is the power of people to be present and make their voices heard (hosting community and congregational events, leading and participating in local actions and protests, providing emergency crisis response, and engaging with public officials).

We use the BALLOT by activating low-propensity voters to influence policies, practices, and programs that have a direct impact on our most vulnerable communities. LIVE FREE pays particular attention to local election cycles which often have the biggest impact on issues of safety, incarceration, and criminal justice.

  • The BUCK represents the collective financial resources of our network which are used to invest in programs and initiatives that reduce violence, build jobs and entrepreneurship, and alleviate poverty and discrimination, as well as divest from companies and programs that perpetuate racial and economic injustice. It also represents the ways we influence the use of public monies at the local, state, and federal levels.

Our Team

Pastor Mike McBride

Executive Director

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Dr. Antonio Cediel

Managing Director

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Brittany White

Decarceration Director

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Evelia Perez

Strategy & Operations Director

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Rosie Bryant

Organizing Manager

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Kortni Blackmon

Youth Organizing Director

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Subject Matter Consultants

Marcus Mcallister

Violence Intervention Specialist

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Rev. Dr. Donna Battle

Spiritual Wellness
Coach

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Communications Consultant

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C. Christopher Scott

Digital Media & Marketing Manager

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