End Gun Violence
Thoughts & Prayers are no longer enough. Take Action with Us
Enough is enough. Gun violence is a national pandemic and we need ACTION if we are ever going to see the end of it.
Our mission is to address gun violence in America through open conversation, community involvement, advocating for much-needed resources, and holding our elected officials accountable for sensible gun laws.
We are an open-minded community and invite everyone, from all viewpoints to join us. We are not a liberal or conservative, pro-gun or anti-gun group. Rather we are concerned citizens who are ready to make change a reality.
Join us in saving thousands of lives by ending gun violence!
This is a Call for Action!
On behalf of many who make Fresno and the Central Valley home, I am delighted to share with you this summary of what a few resolute people in Enough Gun Violence have accomplished to date to address the scourge of gun violence. I also invite you to join in enhancing the effort by adding your views and energy to this effort. Rallies and public demonstrations to demand action have their place and will continue. However, we urgently need you to participate as an active agent of change.
Enough Gun Violence has identified four over-arching topics to begin to address this complex problem.
The Legislative Group recognized the power at the ballot box and has started identifying various methods to Get Out The Vote (GOTV) to curb civilian access to assault weapons. The group is also analyzing the influence of vested business interests on politicians, and is compiling lists of elected representatives at Municipal, County, and State levels to lobby.
The Education Group is zeroing in on methods to identify resources for creating a sense of community in our schools and adapt replicable programs from other communities. The discussions include developing an integrated strategy for prompt intervention and sustained prevention when a student’s behavior is red flagged by any department.
The Mental Health Group is documenting existing County mental health resources, suicide identification and prevention strategies, operations of social worker crisis teams and their connections to all government and nonprofit mental health resources to expand prevention and treatment options.
The Social Disparities Group is delving deep into understanding the impact of racism, segregation, disinvestment, and poverty on gun violence. It is also examining political tactics such as gerrymandering used to maintain political party dominance. Their discussions include seeking ideas and community support for addressing factors that may lead to violence, such as restorative justice on school campuses.
We will convene once again on Saturday, August 20, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon to translate these findings into actionable strategies. Following a presentation by Congressman Jim Costa, each group will spend the morning identifying next steps and identifying other individuals and organizations that need to be included in the process.
We are still at an initial stage of a work in progress, and unquestionably, more areas of action can and will be identified as we progress along this marathon path. We invite all interested organizations and individuals to join and enrich this community-wide effort. As convener of this inter-faith alliance the St. James Episcopal Cathedral invites community members to join this collaboration.
We cannot do everything, but we can do something! Join us!
The Very Rev. Samuel Colley-Toothaker, Dean
St. James Episcopal Cathedral