June is gun violence awareness month, a time to reflect on the gun violence epidemic that plagues this country and disproportionately harms Black and Brown communities. Last year—a year that saw many Americans struggling with loss of family and friends, life-altering illness, and economic crises due to the COVID-19 pandemic—was also the deadliest year for gun violence for decades, according to the Washington Post. And this year is looking even worse. Thus far in 2021, gun violence killed more than 8,100 people in the United States.
On this week’s Generation Progress takeover of the Leslie Marshall Show, guest hosts Edwith Theogene and Charlotte Hancock spoke with Bella D’Alacio, a federal policy associate with March for Our Lives, and Greg Jackson, the national advocacy director of Community Justice Action Fund (CJAF) about what the takeaways from this gun violence awareness month should be and how people can get involved in addressing this epidemic moving forward.