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Statement on Investment Alternatives to Policing to Save Lives from Violence

June 12

The Maryland Violence Prevention Coalition stands with those protesting across the country against the long-standing history of black lives being disproportionately impacted by police violence and community violence in America. The Maryland Violence Prevention Coalition is composed of more than 50 community members including activists, social service providers, healthcare practitioners, survivors of gun violence, policy […]

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Marylanders to Prevent Gun Violence Responds to Governor Hogan’s Veto of Senate Bill 708

May 7

Baltimore, MD  (May 7, 2020) – The Maryland Violence Prevention Coalition is deeply disappointed by Governor Hogan’s decision to veto Senate Bill 708, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic. This bill modestly funds community-based violence reduction strategies like Baltimore’s Safe Streets program, ROCA and Hospital-Based Violence Intervention Programs (HVIPs). These are essential programs during ordinary times, […]

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Re: Violence Intervention and Prevention Programs (VIPP) Funding

May 5

Download PDF here. May 5, 2020 The Honorable Lawrence J. Hogan Governor State of Maryland State House Annapolis, MD 21401 Re: Violence Intervention and Prevention Programs (VIPP) Funding Governor Hogan, Thank you for your strong leadership in response to the COVID-19 crisis in our state. We appreciate your actions to prevent the spread of the […]

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COVID-19 is not an equalizer.

May 1

Elizabeth Banach: COVID-19 in the suburbs As a white woman, I have always been acutely aware that I live a privileged life. Perhaps that privilege is most clear in the fact that I have never feared for my children’s lives. I never worried about sending my children out to play in our neighborhood or to […]

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Violence Interruption Funding Helps Stop the Spread of Street Violence and COVID-19

April 21

Download PDF here. April 17, 2020 The Honorable Lawrence J. Hogan Governor State of Maryland State House Annapolis, MD 21401 Re: Violence Interruption Funding Helps Stop the Spread of Street Violence and COVID-19 Dear Governor Hogan, We, the undersigned, applaud you for your foresight and swift handling of the COVID-19 response in Maryland. We understand […]

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Top 3 Reasons Why Safe Gun Storage is More Important Than Ever During the Coronavirus Pandemic

April 16

By Linda McKibben MD DrPH FAAP FACPM Date: April 2, 2020 I’ve spent my life as a community pediatrician and preventive medicine physician. I know that attitudes and behaviors are very difficult to change. That is exactly why Maryland’s Governor acted to close schools and businesses by executive order, with the force of law, rather [...]

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Suicide and Gun Violence

April 4

Nearly two thirds of all gun deaths in this country are self-inflicted. In other words, of the almost 100 gun deaths a day, 66 are suicides. Let that sink in for a second. In this world of lockdown orders and COVID-19, many of us are feeling anxious, stressed, and unsure about our futures and even […]

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Handgun Permit Review Board update

July 2

Governor Hogan aligned himself with the gun lobby and vetoed the legislation that would eliminate the Handgun Permit Review Board. As you know, Marylanders to Prevent Gun Violence made eliminating the HPRB one of our priorities for 2018. With your help, we prevailed upon the legislature to pass this legislation by an overwhelming margin but […]

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MPGV Legislative Recap for 2019 Session

April 22

The Maryland General Assembly completed its 2019 legislative session and adjourned on Sine Die at midnight on Monday, April 9. After an extremely successful 2018 session, we were uncertain whether gun violence prevention would be prioritized in 2019. However, the occurrence of gun deaths and injuries in Baltimore City remains too common. The 2018 shooting […]

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Sen. Chris Murphy praises Marylanders to Prevent Gun Violence

February 14

“Marylanders to Prevent Gun Violence is doing critical work to bring the voices of those most directly affected by gun violence into the national dialogue. There are so many policy changes we can make to save lives, but we have to start by listening to people in communities who live with this scourge every day,” said […]

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