A Big Thanks to Our Amazing Supporters
We are proud to hold a few traditions near and dear, especially
Our Annual Thank You Party
Once a year we gather to celebrate the hard work that volunteer advocates do all session long to prevent gun violence with sensible policy in Rhode Island. Although this year things look a little different, we still feel coming together is essential.
On Thursday, July 16th we will be honoring four Rhode Island women, as well as our CGVPRI partners.
This virtual celebration will feature a poem written by Jaychele Schneck, our Youth Advocate of the Year, as well as a toast with a DIY “Orange Dream,” made with Bootblack Brand Citrus Classic Tonic and your favorite beverage.
We would like to thank Bootblack Brand for generously providing the tonic and recipe. Drink mixes will be mailed to attendees by July 10th.
Our 2020 Honorees
RICAGV Youth of the Year
Jaychele, a student at the MET school in Providence, has been a constant in our youth organizing work since she was a freshman leader in Young Voices.
Jaychele, now a Senior, organized GenZ: We Want to Live, a new organization dedicated to addressing police violence in Providence.
Jaychele and other black youth came together to organize an all day peaceful protest in Providence on June 14th that brought thousands of community members together to mourn the death of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arberry.
RICAGV Volunteer of the Year
Maureen, a Tiverton resident, mom, and midwife, has been a tireless advocate with RICAGV for years.
This past year, she organized East Bay residents in an effort to defeat the Second Amendment Sanctuary Town movement that threatened to undo our efforts to pass common-sense gun safety policy.
Maureen understands that gun violence prevention starts at the local level and her work has created awareness of the issue in Tiverton that has had a positive impact on our state.
Gov. Gina Raimondo and Dr. Nicole Alexander Scott
Their brave work shepherding the state through the COVID-19 public health crisis and their continual commitment to address the public health crisis of gun violence are efforts that must be commended.
In particular, we applaud Gov. Raimondo’s Executive Order to extend time for FBI background checks, at the request of the Rhode Island Police Chief’s Association. This request came after a huge surge of gun applications at RI police departments, which lead to record panic-buying of guns and ammunition throughout Rhode Island.
Dr. Alexander-Scott has been a strong advocate for gun violence prevention, as a member of the RI Gun Safety Working Group, as well as testifying at State House hearings on the detrimental health implications surrounding gun violence in our communities.
Together they have provided strong, sensible and calm leadership during these tumultuous times.
Campaign for Gun Violence Prevention
A coalition that worked tirelessly to form a cohesive and communicative group of stakeholder organizations, CGVPRI met regularly to strategize around addressing gun violence with meaningful policy, specifically banning Ghost Guns.
- Everytown for Gun Safety
- Moms Demand Action RI
- RI National Organization for Women
- League of Women Voters RI
- Planned Parenthood of Southern New England
- RI Coalition Against Domestic Violence
- One Gun Gone
- Thoughts, Prayers, Actions
- NAACP – Providence Branch
- Nonviolence Institute