Getting Back into the Community – 2022 Events

Getting Back into the Community – 2022 Events

Cautiously shaking off the pandemic blues in early 2022, San Diegans for Gun Violence Prevention has gradually resumed participating in live, community events.

July 17, 2022: San Diego Pride Parade and Festival

 

June 14, 2022: San Diego County Board of Supervisors meeting

 

June 11, 2022: Wear Orange

May 2022: Vigil for victims of school shooting in Uvalde, TX

 

May 2022: Vigil for victims of supermarket shooting in Buffalo, NY

Buffalo vigil

Buffalo vigil

April 2022: Earth Fair — Balboa Park, San Diego

April 2022: Peace in the Park

March 2022: Youth Justice Summit

January 2022: CAST walk

June 11 Event — Wear Orange for Gun Violence Awareness Month

June 11 Event — Wear Orange for Gun Violence Awareness Month

Join us on Saturday, June 11, 2022, for our annual Wear Orange event commemorating Gun Violence Awareness Month.

This year’s event is from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at Jeremy Henwood Park in the City Heights neighborhood of San Diego. We’re collaborating with Shaphat Outreach for a family-friendly community gathering to honor the victims and survivors of gun violence.

Come for music, speakers, resource tables and activities for children. And come to meet fellow citizens who feel the way you feel about preventing gun violence in our community.

Orange is the color that Hadiya Pendleton’s friends wore in her honor when she was shot and killed in Chicago at the age of 15—just one week after performing at President Obama’s 2nd inaugural parade in 2013. After her death, they asked everyone to stand up, speak out, and Wear Orange to raise awareness about gun violence.

Do you want more information? Do you want to get involved? Do you want to donate? Contact us at team@sd4gvp.org.

We hope to see you and your family on June 11.

 

Wear Orange 2022 - Gun Violence Awareness Month
Special Benefit for Survivors Empowered in San Diego on February 19

Special Benefit for Survivors Empowered in San Diego on February 19

UPDATE: The tour’s San Diego kickoff with SD4GVP was a well-attended, powerful experience. Your generous donations will help Lonnie and Sandy Phillips on their 2022 tour as they connect survivors of gun violence all across the nation.

See Fox 5 News Coverage of the Event »

 

How can you heal when you’ve been wounded in a shooting? Or when you’ve lost a parent, grandparent, sibling or friend to gun violence?

Survivors suffer trauma that never goes away. But when they meet and hear stories from other survivors and share their own story, they begin to heal.

What is Survivors Empowered?

Sandy and Lonnie Phillips founded Survivors Empowered to honor their daughter Jessi, who was murdered in the Aurora movie theater shooting ten years ago. They call Survivors Empowered “your soft place to land after your life has been forever changed by gun violence.”

The organization provides a Rapid Response Team, a national directory of recommended trauma therapists, free classes in areas like mindfulness, and additional support and education. Survivors Empowered is easily available by phone, text and email.

Coming to San Diego . . .

With miles to go, Sandy and Lonnie are kicking off their 2022 Honor with Action Tour with a fundraising event in the San Diego area on February 19. The 10,000-mile tour observes the ten years since their daughter was killed and it targets the scourge of gun violence that kills another 40,000 Americans each year.

In this midterm election year of 2022 Sandy and Lonnie will visit 20 cities and 22 states. At every stop, they will work to empower survivors, educate lawmakers, enlist people to get involved and build coalitions of gun-violence prevention groups across states.

. . . and You’re Invited

San Diegans for Gun Violence Prevention (SD4GVP) and Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of San Dieguito (UUFSD) invite you to attend a special benefit for Survivors Empowered. Sandy and Lonnie will be keynote speakers.

  • Wine, appetizer bites and soft drinks will be served.
  • Masks and proof of COVID-19 vaccinations will be required for this event.
  • Wear warm clothes. If it rains, the event will be indoors with all doors open.

How to Donate to the 2022 Honor with Action Tour

We ask for your tax-deductible donations to Survivors Empowered. Every donation helps Sandy and Lonnie in their work on the 2022 Honor with Action tour. 

With miles to go, here are suggested donations for this year-long trip:

  • 10 miles $25.00
  • 25 miles $50.00
  • 50 miles $75.00
  • 100 miles $100.00
  • 500 miles $500.00
  • Or any amount you choose!

Please apply your donation to the “Honor with Action 2022 Tour – San Diego Launch.”

Donate now! And thank you for your support!

The fundraising event will include a drawing of gifts for donors.

A message from Sandy and Lonnie Phillips

“We named our upcoming tour Honor with Action, a phrase borrowed from and supported by our good friends at Newtown Action Alliance. As we crisscross the country, we will be bringing information and fostering fellowship between diverse groups. Those groups will coalesce into a unified coalition of voices that will carry our message loud and clear: Honor our dead and our wounded survivors of gun violence with a united voice calling for action locally and nationally.”

Honor with Action

At every stop in this 2022 yearlong national tour Sandy and Lonnie will:

  • Empower Survivors to share their stories with one another and the community to heal together and to increase knowledge of the devastating effects on every survivor after losing a family member, friend, co-worker or classmate to gun violence.
  • Expand Gun Violence Prevention (GVP) by inviting and meeting with local lawyers, doctors, nurses, teachers, professors and other community representatives who, by their on-the-job experience know about gun violence and are able to actively pursue action in the community to prevent gun violence.
  • Educate Leaders by speaking directly to governors, mayors and legislators about gun violence, their local issues and laws, and the importance of their action to stop gun violence in their community and state.
  • Inform and Invite Media Representatives to interview Sandy and Lonnie, write about their local activities at the stop and help the media get the story out.

And…do whatever it takes to expand active participation for GVP during 2022, this important midterm election year.

 

Ninth Annual Vigil for Victims of Gun Violence

Ninth Annual Vigil for Victims of Gun Violence

On December 12, San Diegans for Gun Violence Prevention (SD4GVP) came together to commemorate the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, on December 14, 2012. We met as a local partner in the ninth annual, nationwide vigil led by the Newtown Action Alliance Foundation. We’ve pledged to meet every year for the victims of Sandy Hook and all victims of gun violence, and the theme this year is “Honor and Remember.”

We remember the 900,000-plus Americans killed or injured by guns since the Sandy Hook shooting tragedy. Despite concrete progress, the epidemic of gun violence still ravages the country. Besides honoring and remembering those who have died, the annual vigil is a call to those elected officials who champion gun-sense legislation. It also honors the work of all those who support the families and communities destroyed by gun violence every day in San Diego and beyond.

 

 

Past Events

Past Events

Getting Back into the Community – 2022 Events

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Bring It to the Park — June 19

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National Gun Violence Awareness Day — June 4

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San Diego Padres Game – June

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