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Gun violence is a rising public health and social justice issue in the United States.
In fact, gun violence is one of the top causes of premature death, killing more than 38,000 Americans and causing nearly 85,000 injuries each year, according to the CDC.
The good news is that gun violence is preventable.
The bad news is that not enough people see it as preventable, according to the Berkeley Media Studies Group. Mass shootings are not the largest source of gun violence, but they dominate media coverage. This can spark fear, create the idea of gun violence as inevitable, and obscure potential solutions to the epidemic.
Let’s use #SaludTues on Tuesday, March 12, 2019, to share innovative strategies to create a new narrative on preventing gun violence in Latino and all communities:
- WHAT: #SaludTues Tweetchat: “Creating a New Narrative on Gun Violence Prevention in Latino Communities”
- TIME/DATE: 1-2 p.m. ET (Noon-1 p.m. CT), Tuesday, March 12, 2019
- WHERE: On Twitter with hashtag #SaludTues
- HOST: @SaludAmerica
- CO-HOSTS: Berkeley Media Studies Group (@BMSG), Violence Policy Center (@VPCinfo), Youth ALIVE!, a nonprofit that aims to prevent violence and develop youth leaders (@YouthALIVE510), and the Praxis Project (@Praxis_Project)
We’ll open the floor to your stories and experiences as we explore:
- Who does gun violence affect?
- How does the news media portray gun violence?
- What are some emerging gun violence prevention efforts? How can people get involved?
Be sure to use the hashtag #SaludTues to follow the conversation on Twitter and share your strategies, stories, and resources that can reduce gun violence for Latino and all people.
Click here to learn about the Salud America! #SaludTues tweetchats, see upcoming and past tweetchats, and see how you can get involved.