July Newsletter

As gun violence surges throughout our state and country, New Mexicans to Prevent Gun Violence is working harder than ever to prevent our youth, families and communities from experiencing its devastating effects.

SUMMER SAFETY:
Lock Em Up!

We are expanding our free gun lock and gun safety program by getting gunlocks and bilingual gun safety information to Regional Children’s Medical Services, Sheriff’s Departments, doctor’s offices and food distribution sites. We are handing out 1000’s of free gun locks and brochures!

ROAD TRIP:

Hitting the Road to Train Law Enforcement on ERPO:

We will begin to train law enforcement on how best to use Extreme Risk Protection Orders (ERPO) as a public health tool to prevent suicides by firearm. In 2019, 65% of firearm deaths in New Mexico were suicides. ERPOs have so much potential to prevent many forms of gun violence — including firearm suicides — but they must be implemented equitably and properly. Just as New Mexico responded swiftly to the COVID-19 pandemic, our leaders can also address another public health crisis — gun violence. A huge thank you to the Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence for helping us make this training possible.
 

GOING TO THE MOVIES:
Gun Violence Prevention Documentary:

We have hired filmmaker John Acosta to create a gun violence prevention film that we will screen for our youth when we present at schools, at gang intervention centers and youth community programs.

SUMMER GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION ART PROJECT AND EVENT:
International District Gun Violence Prevention Mural and Community Event to End Gun violence.

Youth working on our 9th gun violence prevention mural at South Valley Academy. Unveiling July 8th!

We have witnessed first-hand how the creation of gun violence prevention murals provides a space that creates dialogue, raises awareness, and beautifies a community through art on an issue that affects the safety and well-being of that community.

The International District has seen an uptick in gun violence. Starting in July, we will be facilitating and funding a massive gun violence prevention mural created by community members. This will be our 10th gun violence prevention mural and our largest to date. Warren Montoya of Rezonate Art will be the supervising artist. The unveiling will be a community event where members of the community can finish the mural followed by a peace rally.

Here is where we need your help: The cost of the mural is over $20,000.

Let’s Pay the Artists!

Supervising artist’s cost: $8,000.00

Project Assistant: $2,000.00

$500.00 for stipends for core group of community participants: $4000.00

No Starving Artists on our Watch:

Lunches and healthy snacks: $1500.00

The wall is HUGE:

Scissor crane rental: $500.00

Can’t do a mural without paint (and supplies): $3000.00

Let’s all work together to make this mural a reality.

Sincerely,

Rev. Dr. Harry Eberts and Miranda Viscoli, Co-presidents
New Mexicans to Prevent Gun Violence
www.newmexicanstopreventgunviolence.org
(505) 984-3058