PROTECT OUR KIDS. JOIN THE FIGHT AGAINST GUN VIOLENCE. SPEAK UP
Gun violence is a problem and a crisis in the United States of America. The endless cycle of mass shootings in the United States, including in schools has not moved the US Congress to act and enact a sensible gun control law. The recent shooting of nineteen innocent children and their two teachers in Robb Elementary School, Uvalde Texas that sparked national outrage seem to finally push lawmakers in both parties to talk about the need to respond. Efforts to curb indiscriminate and unlawful use of guns, especially the use of automatic rifles, have resurfaced in Washington, DC and in states across the country. Prior to the Uvalde massacre, in a Buffalo supermarket mass shooting where ten people (mostly people of color) were killed by a shooter, two of the victims were just 18 years old.
Thousands of Americans gathered on the National Mall in Washington, DC and across the United States on Saturday, June 11, 2022, demanding Congress to act on gun control measures. Survivors of mass shootings and other gun violence incidents have lobbied United States legislators about enacting sensible gun control laws and testified on Capital Hill recently. (March for Our Lives Video-https://youtu.be/W3VqJ4_4s3c). Miah Cerrillo, an 11-year-old Uvalde school shooting survivor who covered herself with the blood of a dead classmate and pretended she herself was dead, also testified to Congress.
Americans are living with emotional and mental scars from decades of daily exposure to gun violence. Everyone deserves the right to feel safe in their home, at their school, at the park or supermarket, and in their neighborhoods. United States legislators must urgently address the epidemic of gun violence in the country. There must no longer any excuses or empty promises to Americans. Ban all assault weapons. Enough is enough!
Advance Racial Equity and Social Justice for People of Color.
The Coalition4justice provides a safe space for all individuals to come together and engage in authentic conversations about racial and social inequity and injustice. The Coalition also provides education and training as a catalyst for meaningful and measurable change in our society.
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Promote Personal Transformation of Members of the Community
Promote Systemic and Institutional Transformation in key areas, including:
Criminal Justice System
Income and Wealth Disparity
Promote a More Inclusive Society Where Every American Belongs
COALITION SHORT TERM GOALS:
Promote awareness and community understanding toward the elimination of discrimination and racism through various community programs and activities
Provide a variety of educational programs and activities both in the school system to students and staff, and to community members at the Lansdale Library aimed at meeting the Mission of both the Coalition and the Lansdale Public Library
Public, Private & Religious Schools
Programs and Activities
School Assembly in Elementary, Middle, Junior High and High Schools
Presentation to Teachers during In-Service program
Presentation to individual classes as part of the Social Studies or History Curriculum at all Grade Levels
Present Video clips on various related topics followed by class/group discussions and activities.
Work with Youth Groups/Boys Scouts/Girl Guides/YWCA
After School Programs
Work with School-Age After School Programs.
Work with Early Childhood Programs
Community Programs & Activities:
Topics to include but not limited to -
The roots of all the above-listed issues in the United States of America, and their impact on people of color and the community at large
Black Lives Matter movement, etc.
Presentations by Speakers and Panels
Movies/Videos/Book Reviews - Analyze and Discuss
"Tell Your Story Sessions." People share their Personal Stories of Lived Experiences, e,g "What it is like to be a Person of Color in the US." Record personal stories and use in the schools also
July 11 at 7:30 pm What is DEI and Why is it Important in Education and the Workplace? presented by Kassem Lucas, JD partner & head of DEI at Troutman Pepper, examines how DEI and the law intersect in the business and educational sectors.
June 13, 2022 - REDLINING, STEERING, AND RACE: How the U.S. Government Segregated America - KEM SMITH, founder of Champy Investment Group, LLC and successful realtor, reveals how the U.S. Government strategically segregated America presentation recording
May 23, 2022 - Topic: Ivy League Institutions' Legacy of Slavery: Profiting from Black Bodies
March 14, 2022 - SPECIAL GUEST PANELISTS: George Whitehair, Mr. Khoi Pham, and Ms. Heather Wilson Pham "Give Me the Opportunity": Celebrating and Honoring the Accomplishments and Legacy of Montgomery County’s Dr. Frank E. Boston- African American Icon. presentation recording
Feb 14, 2022 - Walter D. Palmer The Intersection Between Racism and the National Health Crisis in the US presentation recording
Jan 10, 2022 - Brendan O'Malley Personal Experience Prosecuting Major Crime Cases/Gun Violence in Philadelphia
Sept 13, 2021 - Honorable Judge Edward Levine will discuss Implementing New Approaches to Mitigate Bias and/or Inequitable Outcomes in the Justice System
August 9, 2021 - The Role of Banks in Closing the Racial Wealth Gap SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER: April Donahue presentation slides |
July 12, 2021 - The Law and Your Community SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER: David Perry
June 14, 2021 - Mass Incarceration and The United States Criminal Justice System: What’s is Wrong with it? SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER: Matthew Wilkov, Esq., Partner at Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg and Gifford presentation slideshow
April 12, 2021 -Angela McIver, MA-Chief Executive Officer, Fair Housing Rights Center of Southeastern PA. Presentation on air Housing to the Rescue: From Centuries of Disenfranchisement to Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, as Amended. presentation slides