Sharing Stories of Hope In the Fight Against Racism & Gun Violence
Editor’s Note: I have been for the past few years working with the American Foundation for Firearm Reduction in Medicine (AFFIRM), and we describe our mission this way:
AFFIRM is the nation’s leading non-partisan network of 40,000+ healthcare professionals, public health experts, and researchers who are committed to reducing gun violence. Our mission is to reduce the American epidemic of firearm injury (over 150,000 injuries and deaths in 2017 alone) with research, evidence-based practice, and community partnerships.
Like many health care professionals, educators, and community members, we have been stirred to action by the Black Lives Matter movement and have written about our commitment to working to address the interlocking public health crises of racism, gun violence, and COVID-19. To that end, we are holding storytelling/organizing events through our Reframe events, where we use the power of first-person stories to foster connection, hope, and action. Our next event is online of course, but features a focus on Chicago educators, physicians, and community activists who are trying to make a difference and respond to these 3 interlocking crises. Reframe Chicago will take place online October 21st at 7 p.m. central time–register here (free, with a suggested donation to support the Tamara O’Neal Memorial Fund) and feel free to share the flyer for the event with all your educator colleagues. I hope to see you on Zoom on October 21st.Reframe-Chicago-Event-Flyer-2