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New York Faith Communities Respond to Gun Violence Online Conference

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New York Faith Communities Respond to Gun Violence Online Conference

Wednesday, December 1

Online Conference, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Interfaith Peace Walk, 4:00 – 6:00 pm


Gun violence has taken a terrible toll on New Yorkers over the past year, and the crisis has been felt, above all, in the city’s historically marginalized Black and Brown communities.  The number of shootings soared 97% from 2019 to 2020, from a historic low of 777 to the highest level in a decade at 1,531, and the victims were almost entirely African-American (73.9%) and Hispanic (22.5%).  Experts have attributed this increase to a range of new and long-standing issues — including deep-rooted inequality, rising gun ownership, and fraying police-community relations — all of which were exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic.

Clergy members, lay leaders, and faith-based activists have long been at the forefront of our society’s response to gun violence, particularly in marginalized communities.  But faith leaders are taking on new roles in the current crisis by working as violence interrupters, serving as street chaplains, and leading advocacy campaigns for gun control.  This conference will highlight concrete steps faith leaders can take to combat gun violence in their local communities and beyond.

The conference will feature a keynote address from Erica Ford, co-founder of LIFE Camp and an internationally-recognized peacemaker; a multifaith panel reflecting the voices of diverse religious leaders; and small-group workshops on a range of issues. The conference will be followed by an interfaith peace walk on 116th Street in Harlem, supporting local businesses and houses of worship directly affected by gun violence.  Please see detailed schedule below.

The conference is open to all religious and civic leaders.  It will be held on Zoom — registered participants will receive the Zoom link closer to the date.  The interfaith peace walk will begin at 4:00 pm sharp, at the corner of West 116th Street and Frederick Douglass Boulevard in Harlem.  Click here to find it on Google Maps.

Registration is free, but please click here to support our work if you can.  Questions about the conference?  Please contact Hanadi Doleh, ICNY’s Director for Community Partnerships, at

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Dec 01 2021


9:00 am - 2:00 pm




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