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Artists Ryan Coogler, Ta'Rhonda Jones, Mike de la Rocha and Others to be Honored During BET Weekend 2017 for Anti-Gun Violence Efforts, Work to End Mass Incarceration

Artists Ryan Coogler, Ta'Rhonda Jones, Mike de la Rocha and Others to be Honored During BET Weekend 2017 for Anti-Gun Violence Efforts, Work to End Mass Incarceration

Recognition, community-based grants to be awarded as part of national campaign to mobilize “peacemakers”

LOS ANGELES –  Ryan Coogler of Blackout for Human Rights, a Social Justice and Activist Collective. The filmmaker is best known for Fruitvale Station, Creed and the upcoming Black Panther and will be recognized alongside 'EMPIRE' actor, Ta'Rhonda Jones and other religious leaders and activists from across the country for their work as “peacemakers.” The inaugural Peacemaker Awards are being given to individuals who are leading in the effort to reduce the number of gun-related shootings and homicides, spur police reform, decrease the number of individuals incarcerated and increase opportunity for those caught in these deadly cycles.

The awards will be presented by the Community Justice Reform Coalition, PICO Live Free Campaign, and presiding sponsor Google.org at an 11:00 a.m. PT in Los Angeles on Friday, June 23, ahead of the 2017 BET Awards.

In addition to Coogler, the 2017 awardees include:

  • Actor/ Artist Ta’Rhonda Jones
  • Mike de la Rocha, Revolve Impact
  • Aramis Ayla, the first African American State Attorney in Florida history
  • Organizer /Artist Jessica Disu (FM Supreme) 
  • Organizer /Activist Brittany White
  • Desmond Meade, President of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition
  • Erica Ford, Founder, Life Camp Inc.


The Peacemaker Awards luncheon follows an all-day organizing summit on Thursday, June 22 at which a new collaboration – the Peacemaker Partnership – will launch with the awarding of grants to community organizations across the country. The Peacemaker Partnership is a national campaign to reduce homicides by firearms, decrease mass incarceration, and center communities of color in the fight to end gun violence in America.

Media are invited to cover the awards luncheon as well as participate in a press conference at 12:05 p.m. on June 22 at which grants will be announced in coordination with Google.org. RSVP Is required for both events. Please RSVP to Shannon Craig Straw by 5 p.m. PT on Wednesday, June 21 by phone (202-674-5921) or email (scstraw@westendstrategy.com).

What: Peacemaker Organizing Summit and Awards

When:

Organizing summit press conference: June 22, 2017 at 12:05 p.m.

Awards luncheon: June 23, 2017 at 11:00 a.m.

Where: The Luxe Hotel, 1020 S. Figueroa St. Los Angeles, CA 90015

Who: LIVE FREE Campaign, the Community Justice Reform Coalition, and presiding sponsor Google.org

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The LIVE FREE Campaign is a campaign of the PICO National Network, the largest grassroots, faith-based organizing network in the United States. We are committed to ending structural discrimination and the mass criminalization of people of color by mobilizing the faith community to reduce the number of gun-related shootings and homicides, decrease the number of individuals incarcerated and increase opportunity for those caught in these deadly cycles.

Community Justice Reform Coalition (CJRC) is a national advocacy coalition that promotes and invests in evidence-based policies and programs to prevent gun violence and uplift criminal justice reforms in urban communities of color.