ROC Against Gun Violence Coalition

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Educate, Advocate, Eradicate


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.

National Gun Violence Awareness Day - June Events 2019

The Rochester Against Gun Violence Coalition will join Mayor Warren, City Council Vice President Willie J. Lightfoot and other community leaders at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 29 to Proclaim June 7, 2019 as National Gun Violence Awareness Day. In honor of this important day, many activities to bring attention will be held in late May an June. See the list below:

May 29
National Gun Violence press conference with Mayor Lovely Warren
City Hall 30 Church St.
10:30 am

May 30 (2 events)
7th Annual Peace Walk by Cameron Community Center
Cameron Community Ministries 48 Cameron St.
4:30 pm

Project TIPS Event
Jones Park 170 Saratoga Ave.
2 to 6 pm

May 31
Gun Violence Awareness Day Barbeques
Eastside: North Clinton and Mazda Street
Westside: Salina and Chili Ave.
3 to 6 pm

June 7
National Gun Violence Awareness Day
Please wear something orange
Downtown buildings will be lit orange

June 8
Wear Orange Mural Unveiling
810 Genesee St.
2 to 4 pm

June 10 – 14
18th Annual Jefferson Avenue Tent Revival
Willie W Lightfoot Square 639 Jefferson Ave
7 to 9 pm ( nightly)

June 14
Community Peace Fair
279 Smith Street 14608
3 to 6 pm

June 15
ROC F.A.M.I.L.Y. Event
200 LaGrange Ave. ( ear basketball court)
2 to 6 pm

June 22
SBN The Movement Restore Our City Rally
City Hall 30 Church St
11 am to to 3 pm

June 27
Project TIPS Event
Wilson Athletic Field
3 to 5 pm

June 29

No More Guns Peace and Unity Day
279 Smith Street 14608
3 to 6 pm


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.


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.


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 

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. 21 , 6:30 p. m.: Flint Street R-Center, 271 Flint 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


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