ROC Against Gun Violence Coalition

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UPDATE RELATED TO RAGVC OPERATIONS UNDER COVID-19.

Like many organizations, the ROC Against Gun Violence Coalition (RAGVC) has retooled its services as our community practices social distancing and works together to reduce the spread of the novel Coronavirus. The scale of this global crisis is unprecedented, but so is the scope of our local government’s response, as we adapt to the new enemy of COVID-19.

The RAGVC will continue its efforts to educate, advocate, to eradicate gun violence in the community. A virtual meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 30, 2020 from 6:00 - 7:30 PM, to join the meeting please click the zoom link below, if you can't attend the meeting will be available for review after as it is streamed live on our Facebook Page

Zoom Meeting Information: 

https://cityofrochester.zoom.us/j/93881347564 
Meeting ID: 938 8134 7564

Call in: +1 646 558 8656
Meeting ID: 938 8134 7564

RAGVC Virtual Town Hall 

The ROC Against Gun Violence Coalition held virtual Town Hall at 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 24, 2020 via Zoom.

 
Watch the Virtual Town Hall on YouTube

The panelists are: Monroe County Legislator Sabrina LaMar, project coordinator for the Rochester Institute of Technology’s Community Engagement to Reduce Victimization (CERV); Rochester Police Chief La’Ron Singletary; Wanda Ridgeway, executive director of Rise Up Rochester; Sirena Cotton, founder of ROC the Peace; and Ray Mayoliz, coordinator of the City’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative. 

Support Services

One of the important functions of the Coalition is the support and services they provide to families and the community after a homicide has occurred. Community guidance around social distancing prohibits the RAGVC from providing in-person responses to homicide at this time, however the following services are available:

  • 211 - will provide access to available mobile and online services
  • Moms on Demand - intake services for survivors to connect them with resources, call 585-685-4460
  • RAGVC – to leave a message, call 585-428-6554. 

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: Legislator Sabrina Lamar
  • Secretary: Wanda Ridgeway
  • Treasurer: Freddie Hines 

Committee Chairpersons  

  • Advocacy Committee Chair:  Kathy Richardson
  • Education Committee Chair: Sabrina Lamar
  • Eradication Committee Chair: Wayne Harris 
  • Media Committee Chair: City Councilmember LaShay Harris

General Coalition Partners

Meeting Schedule

Full Coalition Meetings 

2020 Schedule

Wednesday Feb. 12, 6:30 p.m.: Flint Street R Center, 271 Flint St.

Wednesday Mar. 11, 6:30 p.m.: Monroe County Crime Victim Center, 244 S Plymouth Ave.

Wednesday May. 13, 6:00 p.m.: Meeting moved online mentioned above.

Wednesday Aug. 12, 6:30 p.m.: David Gantt R Center, 700 North St.

   

 Wednesday Nov. 18, 6:30 p.m.: David Gantt R Center, 700 North St    

      

 2019 Schedule 

Wednesday Feb 20, 6: 30 p.m.: City Council Chambers, City Hall, 30 Church St. 

Wednesday May 15, 6: 30 p.m.: David Gantt R center, 700  North St.

Wednesday Aug. 14 , 6:30 p. m.: Flint Street R-Center, 271 Flint St.  

Wednesday, Nov. 6, 6:30 p.m.: David Gantt R-Center, 700 North St

 2018 Schedule  Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018

 

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

Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018

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

Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018

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

 

Sub Committee Meetings

The sub committees will meet as needed.

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. Lightfoot, 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