ABOUT US

Based in the Minnesota area, Mothers Against Community Gun Violence (MACGV) dedication is to end the silence on community gun violence in our neighborhoods.

MACGV was initially founded by a mother who lost her daughter to community gun violence, which turned into a national movement of peace walking throughout the streets calling on communities of color to say something when they see something that does not align with the safety of our communities.


MACGV has established an education and advocacy group that emanates unity and inclusiveness. Over the years, we've seen violence plague our neighborhoods and leave families behind to live in the aftermath of senseless death and crime.


We strive to take actionable steps to stop the murder of our children, assuring they have full productive lives. Our outreach program includes addressing community trauma from senseless acts of gun violence, preventive community gun violence education, advocating for gun control policy, gun violence awareness, and neighborhood strengthening events.


In our ranks, we have motivational speakers, political activists, esteemed guests, and community members looking to set the infrastructure. Let's unite as one and make our communities safe together!

OUR OBJECTIVES

To reduce community gun violence deaths, and injuries, by bringing awareness to community gun violence in communities of colors, both here in Minnesota as well as nationally.
 

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MISSION STATEMENT

To build infrastructure in our communities, where violence is not an option. MACGV strives to fight community gun violence by promoting leadership, education for at-risk children and their families, and supportive services that help families affected by and living with the loss of a loved one through homicide.

 

We work to preserve the lives of at-risk youth by showing them alternative routes. We tackle the root cause of community gun violence and create opportunities for education and professional growth to foster economic development.

MEMBERS

  • Stephanie Gregory

    Charlotte, NC

    Unfortunately, I lost my only biological son, Stephon White 3 yrs & 7 months ago to community gun violence here in Charlotte, NC. This loss has completely changed me forever and the only thing that has gotten me through is my unwavering faith in God. Nia Black the founder's daughter who lost her life to community gun violence in Minnesota was Stephon's childhood best friend when the Blacks lived in North Carolina.

    Nia became like a daughter to me. Her love and loyalty for my son were unbelievable and heaven-sent. She made it her business to constantly check in on me via text, or phone call. Hearing of Nia's untimely death broke my heart once again, but Nia's and Stephon's earthly bond for each other only brought our families that much closer. MACGV is a cause that I am strongly advocating for and as a community, we can only make a change for the better by continuing to speak out and fight against violence.

  • Patrice "Candice" Swingler

    Minneapolis, MN

    I'm Patrice "Candice" and a devastating loss hit my family and left the closet person to Nia with the impression that the only way to move in this world was to fight. Fight for justice and fight for peace in our communities. Therefore, I can't stand aside and be silent. My silence will no longer enable the perpetrators that upheaval our communities.

     

    I decided to be apart of the solution by speaking out Against Community Gun Violence. As a result, I picked up the mantle of Community and Event Coordinator for MACGV. My passion for serving others and wanting to make a difference; landed me here.

  • Brittany Yearwood

    Maryland

    As Nia’s best friend, joining this team was a no-brainer. Through life or death, Brittany always wanted what’s best for her friend. Bringing her tech-savvy skills to the team, Brittany is apart of the social media division where she contributes to graphic design, advertisements, and overall reminding people of who Nia was. “I want people to know who my best friend is. We have to remind people of how sweet and caring she was on this Earth. She deserves justice. Nia Black DESERVES justice!”

  • Danielle Jones

    Minneapolis, MN

    Hello, I'm Danielle a school teacher who has worked with families for the last twenty years, and I LOVE IT! I didn't start out to become a school teacher my journey began by going to school for business management, however, after working one summer with the youth I was hooked and never looked back. I am a part of MACGV because LaTanya and I met in the 7th grade and she is my family. As a sister, I will stand, peace walk, pray, carry signs, door knock, and do whatever it takes to fight for the safety of our children and families in our communities.

  • Ladonna Charles

    Chicago, Ill

    Hello, I was born and raised on the west side of the city Austin community. Being a teen mother I've been concerned in the past decade more and more about the violent crimes in the community. School's being closed and programs losing funding in the brown and black communities have caused a spike in gun violence. Being a safety transportation director for school districts outside of Chicago I work one on one with parents with special needs and low-income families where I also volunteer with Hope House ministry in the Lawndale community with men and women who are trying to get their lives back on track. I also help my community recover from years of poverty and violent crimes in one of the hardest-hit poor communities in the city.

  • Aarica Coleman

    (Maple Grove, MN

    Aarica is a mother, community advocate, small business owner, policy expert and candidate for Minnesota Senate District 34 (Maple Grove, Dayton, Osseo & Rogers). Aarica has over 20 years of real estate, housing and economic development, and finance experience in the public and private sectors where she works to teach and advance equity in all facets of real estate and policy. Through passion and a commitment to social and reparative justice, she focuses on social economic sustainability determinants such as housing development and education for marginalized and disenfranchised communities through advocacy, economic and political education, and policy. As co-host of the Trill Moms Podcast, she uses her platform to uplift issues Black mothers specifically face as well as bring awareness to the disparities that affect maternal health, child-rearing, and overall health, wellness, and stability.

  • Theresa Marshall

    Washington, DC/Laurel, MD

    Theresa has been ensuring the civil rights of others since 1994 when she began her employment with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission working in the Minneapolis, MN Area Office, and the Washington, DC Headquarters. As an EEO Specialist and Federal Investigator, Theresa is responsible for enforcing employment laws covered under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Theresa has received an EEOC Chairman's Organizational Award for exemplary teamwork and outstanding contributions to the Agency's mission for processing over 800 private sector EEO complaints and resolving over 55 EEO cases. She also received an award for diligent performance of duties and exceptional work habits under stressful working conditions, while simultaneously maintaining composure and a friendly manner towards colleagues and the public. As a woman of color and mother of a young Black woman, Theresa is dedicated to the preservation of women's rights.