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.
Stand up for gun violence prevention and tell Chicago leadership they need to #FundPeace. We’re calling on city leadership to commit to funding the Office of Gun Violence Prevention.
Read the full text of the Ordinance for the Establishment of Mayor’s Office of Gun Violence Prevention submitted on September 18, 2019.
Download and share a Fact Sheet on why we need an Office of Gun Violence Prevention so urgently.
2019 Campaign News Coverage
- Press Releases:
- Media Coverage:
- Community groups, Chicago aldermen want Mayor Lori Lightfoot to budget $50 million for violence prevention programs, Chicago Tribune, October 1.
- How $200 million could save thousands of lives lost to gun violence in Chicago, Chicago Sun-Times, October 15
- “A Drop in the Bucket”: Anti-Violence Leaders Blast Chicago Mayor’s Budget Plan, The Trace, October 25
- Church, education leaders call for $50 million anti-violence investment in Chicago, WGN9, October 27
- Arne Duncan Wants Mayor To Invest More Money in Anti-Violence Initiatives, WBBM News Radio, October 27
- Donald Trump is visiting Chicago, a city he’s called a war zone. But what’s really true about guns there?, USA Today, October 28
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.
Apostolic Church Morgan Park
Black Lives Women of Faith
Stop Violence LLC.
Cornerstone Christian - Englewood
Faith Community of Saint Sabina
Good Kids Mad City
HerStory: My Sister's Keeper
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
I AM ABLE
Metropolitan Family Services
New Life Centers of Chicagoland