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Preventing  Community Violence in Black & Brown Communities

Black and brown Oregonians are disproportionately impacted by gun homicides and shootings - violence that is rooted in historic racism and exclusion. Today in Oregon, Black men are 15x more likely to die by gun homicide than white men. Gun violence, and exposure to gun violence, causes lasting trauma that can impact generations

Those who’ve been most impacted by gun violence also most understand solutions. Real change requires an approach that prevents future violence, focuses on system level change, and ensures justice and accountability from law enforcement.

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In the Portland metro region, local organizations  led primarily by Black and brown communities, are leading violence prevention programs that are reducing shootings and homicides. Their work is making a difference

Too often, calls to end gun violence lead to calls for increased law enforcement. While we do know law enforcement has a role in decreasing gun violence and closing cases, law enforcement alone approaches do not work. In fact, approaches that focus on criminalization and over-policing actually increase violence.


Rather, any community safety strategy must prioritize prevention. Community violence intervention organizations provide many services, rooted in preventing violence and doing restorative work if violence has occurred. These organizations work directly with families and neighborhoods most impacted by gun violence, providing street-level community outreach and conflict mediation, job training, trauma and mental health support and more.


To be effective, these organizations need to be sustainably funded for the long-term. Join the Alliance’s advocacy initiatives to learn how you can support these work and create real change.


Community violence is rooted in generations of exclusion and lack of opportunities. Some of the most important changes we can make to prevent gun violence must happen at a system level, including:

  • Creating better job opportunities and transitions out of high school, especially for men ages 18-25

  • Increasing mental health support

  • Increasing affordable housing in the metro area

  • Ensuring youth and families have food security


After losing loved ones to gun violence, families and communities need support, including mental health support, physical support, and, for many, justice and accountability.

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