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Welcome to our newsroom, where we cover the stories that matter most. Here, you’ll find the latest on gun violence, mass incarceration, and mass criminalization. We’ll take you behind the headlines to the people and places affected by these systemic constraints and keep you informed on the progress being made to create a more just and equitable world. Join us in amplifying the voices of those most affected and advocating for change.

Firearm Mortality by State

Firearm mortality statistics in the United States reveal significant concerns regarding the impact of firearms on public health and safety. As of 2019, firearms were involved in approximately 37% of all homicides, making them a prominent factor in violent deaths. Additionally, around 51% of suicides were carried out using firearms, highlighting the urgent need to address the association between firearm availability [...]

2023-07-25T12:52:03-04:00July 25th, 2023|Events, Gun Violence, News, Reports|0 Comments

Recap: A Father’s Heart – Kehinde Wiley Speaker Series The second installment of the “Archaeology of Silence” Speaker series, "A Father's Heart," was held at the de Young Museum in San Francisco. It brought together Black men who had lost their children to state violence and spotlighted their national efforts to support the healing of other fathers and loved ones who had experienced similar trauma. The esteemed speakers confirmed [...]

2023-07-03T12:37:52-04:00July 3rd, 2023|Art, Events, Interviews, News|0 Comments

Levi’s and Giants Team Up with Live Free for Gun Violence Awareness

Annually, the San Francisco Giants and Levi's® join forces through the Community Advocate program to showcase and bolster nonprofit organizations in the Bay Area. In line with our ongoing commitment, this year's campaign focuses on supporting initiatives dedicated to preventing gun violence within our communities. Together, we strive to make a meaningful impact and foster safer environments for all. Live Free [...]

2023-06-23T18:27:20-04:00June 23rd, 2023|Events, Gun Violence, News|0 Comments

Live Free Calls for Action After Tragic Shooting in Stl: Urgent Need for Common-sense Gun Laws and Mental Health Support

"Live Free mourns with our STL community members and families who were impacted by another act of gun violence yesterday. We remain undeterred in calling for full funding for community safety programs, common sense gun laws and signature investments into youth and family mental health and healing initiatives." - Pastor Mike Mcbride --------------------------------------------- We are devastated to learn about the senseless [...]

2023-06-20T16:03:31-04:00June 20th, 2023|Gun Violence, News, Public Safety|0 Comments

Replay: A Father’s Heart – Kehinde Wiley Speaker Series   Join us on Father’s Day weekend to hear from the heart of men who have lost their children to state violence. Panelists will also discuss their nationwide efforts to support the healing of other fathers experiencing similar trauma. Panelists: Andrew Joseph, father of Andrew Joseph Cephus “Uncle Bobby” Johnson, uncle of Oscar Grant Kevin Tarver, father of Darius Tarver [...]

2023-06-20T17:20:48-04:00June 17th, 2023|Art, Events, Interviews, News|0 Comments

Ajike “AJ” Owens- Black Mother of Four Fatally Shot by White Neighbor in Florida: Community Demands Justice

A tragic incident unfolded in Florida where Ajike "AJ" Owens, a Black mother of four, lost her life due to a fatal shooting. The incident occurred following a dispute with her white neighbor, who allegedly subjected her children to racial slurs. This heartbreaking event has raised concerns and calls for justice within the community. According to local officials, a disagreement had [...]

2023-06-06T16:24:29-04:00June 6th, 2023|Gun Violence, News|0 Comments

Cop City in Atlanta: the Intersection of White Supremacy, Militarism, and Environmental Destruction

A significant gathering of activists took place at Atlanta's City Hall in anticipation of a council vote regarding the allocation of tens of millions in public funding for the proposed construction of a police and firefighter training center. This facility, commonly referred to as "Cop City" by activists, has been the subject of intense criticism and opposition. The meeting marked the [...]

2023-06-06T11:19:42-04:00June 6th, 2023|News, Police Brutality|0 Comments

2-year-old inside car when gunshots ring out, killing driver

2-year-old inside car when gunshots ring out, killing driver Publication: WAPT News Author: Michalia Franklin Date: February 7, 2023 Summary/Takeaway: Jackson police are investigating a deadly drive-by shooting that took place in broad daylight in an intersection. ​​A 2-year-old child was in the car at the time of the shooting but wasn't hurt, according to authorities at the scene. Hinds County [...]

2023-06-05T10:33:23-04:00June 3rd, 2023|Gun Violence, News|0 Comments

America’s Gun Violence Crisis: 100 Lives Lost Daily

Gun violence has long plagued the United States, with tragic consequences that are felt daily by communities across the nation. Despite ongoing efforts to address this issue, the sobering truth is that lives continue to be lost due to firearms. In this post, we will delve into the alarming statistics surrounding gun-related fatalities in America, shedding light on the scale of [...]

2023-06-02T12:43:06-04:00June 2nd, 2023|Gun Violence, News, Reports|0 Comments

Memorial Day Weekend Marked by 20 Mass Shootings, 16 Lives Lost in Latest Wave of Us Gun Violence

During Memorial Day Weekend, the United States was plagued by a distressing wave of gun violence, marked by a staggering count of at least 20 mass shootings. Tragically, these incidents resulted in the loss of 16 lives and left over 80 individuals wounded. This wave of bloodshed commenced in Arizona, as a 20-year-old man was accused of perpetrating five separate shootings [...]

2023-06-02T12:17:11-04:00June 2nd, 2023|Gun Violence, News|0 Comments
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