The epidemic of gun violence impacts all of our communities, including Greensboro. Fortunately, though, Greensboro has found a solution that works in the form of the Gate City Coalition (GCC), an evidence-based community violence intervention program. Despite the Gate City Coalition’s success, its funding in this community is in danger of being eliminated. ACT NOW to save all of the funding, which is keeping people alive and promoting resilience in Greensboro!
We first learned about the transformative power of GCC a year ago, which is why we invited the GCC program manager to write a MomsRising blogpost in August, 2022, called Community Violence Interruption Models work to reduce gun violence. In the blog Ingram writes:
“Community violence interruption programs are not the only answer, but they offer one solution that yields results. We are successful because we are able to have conversations with people in the community who trust us, who look like us, and who are open to us and our opinions. Having the respect of our community matters. One of our current violence interrupters started out as a participant. He is no longer committing violence; instead, he is in the process of stopping it at the root.”
If funding for this program is discontinued, yet another program will be pulled from the Black community. Additionally, GCC will have to lay off staff; some of these staff were at risk of gun violence before and this program gave them and others hope of a better life. Sustaining funding for Gate City Coalition is cost-effective, saves lives, and will continue giving hope to the most impacted Greensboro communities.
SIGN NOW to tell the Greensboro City Council and Guilford County Commissioners that it is imperative that they continue funding this critical program that is proven to work.