Amid Controversy Following Verdict in the Killing of Philando Castile, National Gun Violence Prevention, Anti-Racism Campaigns to Launch New Partnership

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National, leading gun violence prevention and anti-racism organizations will launch a new partnership to reduce homicides by firearms, decrease mass incarceration, and center communities of color in the fight to reduce gun violence in America. The new collaboration – the Peacemaker Partnership – will kick-off on Thursday, June 22 with an organizing summit that will include the awarding of grants to community organizations across the country.

Participants in the Peacemaker Partnership include the Community Justice Reform Coalition, PICO Live Free Campaign, and presiding sponsor, as well as the Civic Engagement Fund, Revolve Impact, Moms Rising, Operation Lipstick, National Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the Brady Campaign to End Gun Violence.

Following the all-day summit, on Friday, June 23, ahead of the 2017 BET Awards, actor/activist Ta’Ronda Jones from the cast of EMPIRE, Filmmaker Ryan Coogler — best known for Fruitvale Station, Creed and the upcoming Black Panther — and Blackout for Human Rights, a social justice and activist collective, will be recognized alongside religious leaders and organizers from across the country for their work as “peacemakers.” The inaugural Peacemaker Awards are being given to individuals who are leading the effort to reduce the number of gun-related shootings and homicides, spur police reform, decrease the number of individuals incarcerated and increase opportunity for those caught in these deadly cycles.

The awards will be presented by the Community Justice Reform Coalition, PICO Live Free Campaign, and presiding sponsor at an 11:30 a.m. PT lunch in Los Angeles on Friday, June 23. In addition to Jones, Coogler and Blackout for Human Rights, the 2017 awardees include:

•    Actor/ Artist Ta’Rhonda Jones
•    Mike de la Rocha, Revolve Impact
•    Aramis Ayla, the first African American State Attorney in Florida history
•    Organizer /Artist Jessica Disu (FM Supreme) 
•    Organizer /Activist Brittany White
•    Desmond Meade, President of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition
•    Erica Ford, Founder, Life Camp Inc.

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