Chicago has a peace deficit.

Gun violence prevention will fix it.

Gun violence is crippling our community. The current approach isn’t working. Chicago is over-policed, and youth development and trauma-informed support programs   are under-funded. If we don’t take action now, we risk losing a generation of Chicago’s future to gun violence.

We’ve seen cities like New York and Los Angeles dramatically reduce violence using steady funding and community partnerships. The cities’  leaders have made bold commitments to community initiatives that get young people off the streets and provide job training programs to bring about long-lasting change. Now it’s Chicago’s turn.

We are calling on Mayor Lightfoot to make good on her promise to end this public health crisis of gun violence and fund the Office of Gun Violence Prevention, which will provide the city with after school programs, jobs, and trauma-informed care.

Let’s put change in the hands of the community and create a safer, stronger Chicago for all.


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Read the full text of the Ordinance for the Establishment of Mayor’s Office of Gun Violence Prevention submitted on September 18, 2019.

Establishment of Mayor’s Office of Gun Violence Prevention Ordinance 

Download and share a Fact Sheet on why we need an Office of Gun Violence Prevention so urgently.

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2019 Campaign News Coverage

Who We Are

LIVE FREE Chicago and inVEST Chicago, along with key coalition partners, are working together to drive a grassroots campaign that calls on Aldermen and Mayor Lightfoot to fund the Office of Gun Violence Prevention. View our partners below.

Amnesty International

Apostolic Church Morgan Park

Black Lives Women of Faith

Chasing 23

Stop Violence LLC.

Christianaire INC.

Cornerstone Christian - Englewood

Faith Community of Saint Sabina

Good Kids Mad City


HerStory: My Sister's Keeper

Leaders Network

MAAFA Redemption Project

Roseland Christian Ministries

Save Money Save Life

Xperience Church - Englewood

Canaan Community Church - Englewood

United Methodist Church Northern Illinois Conference

Alliance of Local Services Organizations ALSO

Lawndale Christian Legal Center LCLC


Metropolitan Family Services

READI Chicago

New Life Centers of Chicagoland