ROC Against Gun Violence Coalition

Note: The Oct. 18 meeting has been  moved to Oct. 24. See below  

ROC Against Gun Violence Coalition Logo

Educate, Advocate, Eradicate

#ThinkAboutIt

The ROC Against Gun Violence Coalition seeks to end gun violence in Rochester by bringing attention to the causes and effects of gun violence and promoting quality of life in Rochester's neighborhoods. The Coalition is made up of community partners and stakeholders who are already working to end gun violence using three unified tools: to educate, advocate and eradicate.

Mission 

The ROC Against Gun Violence Coalition will be a unified voice to improve the quality of life in our community by supporting efforts that educate and assist with eradicating gun violence, provide safe neighborhoods and trauma care for the individuals in the city of Rochester.

Purpose

The ROC Against Gun Violence Coalition will educate youth and the community at large of the dangers and collateral effects of gun violence, encourage individuals to engage in diversion programs that lead to positive outcomes for their families and neighborhoods.

Sub-Committees

The Education Commitee

The Education Committee will identify existing programs within the City of Rochester (i.e. R-Centers) to assist with efforts to inform individuals and groups about the effects of gun violence in communities. The ED-C will also use data to create new curriculum or programming that will align with the mission of RAGVC.

Advocacy Committee

The Advocacy Committee will create new legislation supportive of the RAGVC mission and coordinate efforts to support existing laws that work towards reducing and eliminating gun violence.

Eradication Committee

The Eradication Committee will recruit volunteers, mobilize RAGVC’s awareness, prevention and assistance teams as well as coordinate with existing agencies that address gun violence.

Media Committee

The Media Committee is responsible for managing RAGVC’s social media platforms, organizing press events, overseeing public messaging and creating a calendar of events with ongoing updates. The Media Committee will coordinate with the City Communication Department.

Coalition Structure  

  • Chairman: Councilman Willie Lightfoot
  • Vice Chairman: Commissioner Natalie Sheppard
  • Secretary: Wanda Ridgeway
  • Treasurer: Freddie Hines 

Committee Chairpersons  

  • Advocacy Committee Chair: Legislator Ernest Flagler Mitchell
  • Education Committee Chair: Sabrina Lamar
  • Eradication Committee Chair: Wayne Harris 
  • Media Committee Chair: Legislator LaShay Harris

General Coalition Partners

Meeting Schedule

Full Coalition Meetings 

The Coalition will meet the 3rd  Thursday of every other month beginning in October, 2018.

Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018
Monroe County Crime Victim's Center, 244 S. Plymouth Ave. 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 18  (Date changed to Oct. 24)

 Wednesday, Oct. 24 

David Gantt R-Center, 700 North Street, 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 20
Flint Street R-Center, 271 Flint Street, 6:30 p.m.  

Sub Committee Meetings

The sub committees will meet the months opposite of the coalition.  

Join Us 

The Coalition is seeking more Individual and organization to  welcome to help Educate and Advocate to Eradicate gun violence in our Rochester.

Organizations seeking to  join the coalition can call Councilmember Willie J. Lightfoot’s office - (585) 428-6554, the Rochester City Council Office - (585) 428-7538 or email Councilman Lightfoot’s Legislative Aide Andre Gulley at andre.gulley@cityofrochester.gov.

History

Willie J . LightfootThe Coalition was formed in June of 2018 during Gun Violence Awareness Month at the behest of City Councilmember Willie J. Lighttfoot, Chair of the Public Safety Youth and Recreation Committee. Mayor Lovely A. Warren has pledged her full support.

“I am very excited about the energy around this movement. This is my number one priority as the new chair of Public Safety Youth and Recreation Committee,” said Councilmember Lightfoot, “I am committed to educating our youth and community about the lasting impacts of gun violence, advocating for new laws and policies that make our community safer, and eradicating gun violence from our neighborhoods. I am so grateful to have Mayor Lovely Warren as a committed partner in this effort.”-- Councilmember Willie J . Lightfoot

Mayor Lovely A. Warren“Gun violence has plagued our community and destroyed lives for far too long,” said Mayor Lovely A. Warren. “We cannot legislate morality, but we can bring the community together with one united voice to say enough is enough. That’s why I am proud and thankful to work with Councilmember Lightfoot and the men and women of the Roc Against Gun Violence Coalition to bring much needed attention to
the issue of gun violence.” -- Mayor Lovely A. Warren