Preventing Gun Violence: the Inspiring Story of Live Free and Pastor Mike Mcbride
Meet a pastor working within a broad ecosystem of peacemakers committed to curbing Oakland’s homicides through anti-gun #violence work
Pastor Mike McBride and his colleagues took proactive action to address the issue of gun violence via LIVE FREE. This movement aims to tackle the root causes of gun violence through building community organizing campaigns and direct service programs that intervene with families and community members closest to the pain of gun violence. Programs include mental health support, healing services, violence interruption and re-entr services. Our ultimate goal is to fund peace in neighborhoods, and build stronger #community relationships.
Recognizing the urgent need for intervention, LIVE FREE emerged as an architect and advocate for comprehensive approaches to preventing gun violence. This national network of peacemakers, headquartered in the Bay Area focuses on reaching out to individuals who may be at risk of resorting to violence, offering them counseling and support to redirect their paths towards more positive outcomes.
LIVE FREE also seeks to alleviate tensions within communities by actively working towards ending mass incarceration, police violence and all forms of injustice.
Pastor Mike McBride’s visionary leadership and the establishment of LIVE FREE demonstrate a commitment to proactively addressing the complex issue of gun violence. By focusing on counseling potential shooters, easing neighborhood tensions, and strengthening community relationships, the initiative offers hope for reducing gun-related incidents and creating lasting change in impacted communities.