February 19, 2019 News

Alliance for Gun Responsibility Foundation Co-hosts South Seattle Call to Action on Gun Violence

SEATTLE, WA – On Tuesday, February 19, a call to action on gun violence prevention will be held to bring together community members to discuss the disproportionate impact of gun violence on black and brown communities. The event will focus on developing an equal understanding of the human and economic toll of interpersonal gun related homicides in South Seattle.

Co-sponsors of the event include: Community Passageways, Rainier Beach Action Coalition, ARC, Rainier Beach: A Beautiful Safe Place for Youth Grandmothers Against Gun Violence, The Alliance for Gun Responsibility Foundation and Moms Demand Action.

WHAT: Call To Action: South Seattle Gun Violence Awareness Event

WHEN: Tuesday, February 19 at 6:00 PM

WHERE: Rainier Beach Community Center: 8825 Rainier Ave S Seattle, WA 98118

WHO:

  • Sean Goode, Executive Director of Choose 180 Youth Program
  • Dominique Davis, CEO & Co-Founder of Community Passageways
  • Karissa Taylor King, Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, King County Prosecutor’s Office
  • Gregory Davis, Rainier Beach Action Coalition
  • Marty Patu- Jackson, Community Leader

Gun violence in the United States is deeply connected to racial inequities and disproportionately impacts black communities. The following statistics illustrate the racial disparities of gun violence:

  • Black males are 13 times more likely to be victims of gun homicide than white males.
  • Gun homicide is the leading cause of death for young black males aged 15-24.
  • Black males are 3 times more likely to be shot and killed by police than white males.
  • Black males are 16 times more likely to be shot and injured in assaults involving firearms than white males.
  • Black women are at least two times more likely to be shot and killed by an intimate partner than white women.
  • Black children are 10 times more likely to be victims of gun homicide than white children are.
  • Of the transgender individuals shot and killed in the US in 2017, 80 percent were black women.