As Pennsylvania’s leading gun violence prevention organization, CeaseFirePA Education Fund is dedicated to reducing and preventing gun violence through education and advocacy in communities across the state. CeaseFirePA seeks enactment of sensible gun policies through grassroots activism; supports public officials who favor reforms that help reduce gun violence; and increases public awareness to spark the beginnings of a new conversation on guns and gun violence prevention in Pennsylvania.
Impact Summary from the Nonprofit Our top four accomplishments: 1) We carried out outreach and education to inform the public about reasonable policies to reduce illegal handgun trafficking in 17 Western PA municipalities that subsequently adopted their own policies to reduce illegal handgun trafficking. 2) Our outreach work resulted in significant growth of our W. PA coalitions of citizens, councilmembers, mayors, police chiefs, and faith leaders. These coalitions spread the word about our work and connected us to other community leaders; this in turn lef to opportunities to nework and give presentations at church meetings and community events. 3) We established ourselves as the leading local gun violence prevention group and built strong relations with WPA media outlets. The local media contact us for feedback whenever any issue of gun violence arises. We also broke through to the international media when we were interviewed by CNN for a series on illegal handgun trafficking in the U.S. 4) We convened a partnership with local nonprofits, including Center for Victims of Violence & Crime; League of Women Voters; and Black Political Empowerment Project to host a Pittsburgh mayoral candidates' debate focused on violence issues in Pittsburgh. Our top goals for the current year are: 1) To further build our citizen coalition in W. PA by initiating a pilot program to utilize mass text messaging communications to reach out to citizens who support our work but do not have internet access. This project will increase overall awareness of our work and further diversify our membership. 2) To replicate an Eastern PA court monitoring program where CeaseFirePA staff and survivors of gun violence will observe and provide impact statements during local sentencing hearings of criminals convicted with illegal handgun trafficking crimes. We have met with the Allegheny County District Attorney and he is committed to partnering with us this on this program. 3) To do outreach to local college/university campuses concerned about gun violence to increase awareness of our activities.
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