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Mon. Jul 22nd, 2024

Amid rising violent crime, Charlotte gun violence victims advocate for safer community

By meerna Jul10,2024
Amid rising violent crime, Charlotte gun violence victims advocate for safer community

WHEN: Saturday, July 13, 9:30-11:30 a.m. EST

WHERE: Allegra WestBrooks Regional Library – Beatties Ford Road, 2412 Beatties Ford Rd, Charlotte, NC, 28216

WHO: Victim advocates, survivors, and activists:

Aswad Thomasgun violence survivor and national director of Crime Survivors for Safety and Justice

Shonda Lifered, local gun violence survivor and founder of Survivors Nation

WHY: As victims of crime, there are two things we want most. We want what happened to us to never happen again, to us or to anyone else. We also want victims’ rights, but with a different approach. For too long, the popular use of the phrase “victims’ rights” has been synonymous with punishment and has been used by systems that not only do not benefit most victims, but which too often contribute to more harm and trauma. What would it look like if “victim’s rights” were synonymous with healing? How many victims could we better help with an information card titled “The Right to Heal”“detailing the right to treatment through access, protection and safety?

Ten Charlotte organizations will participate in the first-ever Crime Survivors Speak March on Washington. The organizations joining the march are:

  • Angels of Mercy
  • Block love Charlotte
  • Gryphon Group Consulting + Advisory
  • City Sauce Connection, Inc.
  • BVP Safe Haven Project (formerly Butterfly Visions Project)
  • Karolina’s Helping Hands
  • Winners PLUS Inc. and United Council For Change
  • Survivors Nation LLC Caroline’s Hands
  • Break Every Chain Resource Center
  • STOP Killing Our Children Support Group
  • Let’s get our MASCARA back

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