Issues & Results

Lifelines to Healing

Now is the time for comprehensive action to reduce gun violence.

The Lifelines to Healing Campaign is a national effort of the PICO National Network that aims to address the root causes of  violence in cities.

“No community is immune from gun violence. We have all felt the pain of losing someone close to us too soon,” said  Pastor Michael McBride, who leads the Lifelines to Healing Campaign.

McBride was among 12 faith leaders who met with Vice President Biden to give recommendations for his comprehensive plan to lower gun violence. Additionally, 75 faith leaders from the Lifelines to Healing campaign met with staff from the Obama Administration to discuss strategies to reduce gun violence – especially in urban neighborhoods.

Faith leaders say now is the time for comprehensive action to reduce gun violence.

Recommendations include:

1. Universal Background Checks for all gun sales

2. Ban on Assault Weapons and High Capacity Magazines

3. Investments in Mental Health and Public Health Support

4. Targeted Investments and Approaches from Federal Government in Urban Cities most impacted by gun violence

Increase the peace, stop the violence, create opportunities

The Lifelines to Healing Campaign is a national movement of the PICO network of faith-based organizations and congregations committed to addressing the causes of pervasive violence and crime in our communities. We believe that the criminalization and mass incarceration of people of color, coupled with the lack of meaningful and quality opportunities, have contributed to a state of crisis in our country. Lifelines to Healing is committed to advocating for policies and resources that contribute to the healing of our communities.

 

“One in every 100 American adults is in prison or jail, one in 31 is under correctional supervision – and after their release, most still find themselves back behind bars.” - The Economist, April 23, 2011

Goals:

  • Reduce serious and violent street crimes through collaboration with Safe Community Partnership and National Network for Safe Communities;
  • Reduce recidivism among young men who are at the highest risk of violence;
  • Achieve criminal justice reform that promotes successful re-entry through local and statewide policy remedies by removing barriers to success;
  • Build the capacity of communities to connect these young men to improved employment opportunities/transitional employment
  • Civic engagement/Voter registration of People of Color / Formerly Incarcerated people
  • Create framework for therapeutic-related intervention for trauma caused by violence (PTSD, addiction counseling, Joe Marshall, etc.)
  • Develop a partnership between local community hospitals (ER services, etc) around violence prevention/gun violence