These are a few of the organizations with which we are collaborating on this project. The leaders of these organizations are parents who have lost a love-one to violence at the hands of another. These leaders have turned their loss into powerful movements of change in our communities across the nation.




Dorothy Johnson Speight, Executive Director

We are a violence prevention, education and intervention-based organization, which advocates and supports youth, young adults, families and community organizations affected by violence.

Mothers In Charge, Inc. advocates for families affected by violence and provides counseling and grief support services for families when a loved one has been murdered. We are comprised of impassioned mothers, grandmothers, aunts, sisters and others who are committed to working towards saving lives and preventing another mother from having to experience this terrible tragedy.


Kathryn Cooper-Nicholas, Founder


The Vision of Sisters Saving the City Youth Village is to let urban youth of our city know that they matter, are loved, and to provide them with a safe environment where they are nurtured, welcomed, heard and accepted.


The Mission of Sisters Saving the City Youth Village is to empower urban youth to become positive and productive members of their community and to realize and step into their greatness.

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Survivors Against Violence Everywhere,INC.(S.A.V.E.)

ALICE OAKS, President

The mission of this organization is to advocate the plight of crime victims of violence, specifically homicide, and to create a support mechanism for those directly affected by the violent loss of a loved-one. S.A.V.E. engages in activities that promote the healing and fair treatment of survivors of homicide by: conducting public education campaigns, engaging in crime prevention activities, participating in the legislative process, and performing other functions necessary to improve the quality of life in the community.

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Dr. Brad Braxton, Senior Pastor

Rev. Michael Hunt, Associate Pastor


Mission Statement:

The Open Church seeks to glorify God and edify the world through:
Radically Inclusive Love, Courageous Social Justice Activism, and
Compassionate Interfaith Collaboration.

The Vision Statement:

The Open Church is a sacred place where those who are hurting, confused, and in need can find healing and hope, regardless of color, culture, or creed.

It is a wide place where “Abraham’s family” – Christians, Jews, and Muslims – can dialogue with Buddhists and Bahá’is and where Hindus can dialogue with Humanists.

The Open Church is a joyful place where children, seniors, migrant workers, people experiencing homelessness, and scholars eagerly learn from and teach one another.

It is a safe place where varied ethnicities and capabilities, genders and sexual identities, social and economic groups gather in peace to break bread at Christ’s Communion Table, as we break down stereotypes.

As sacred siblings born to our Heavenly Father who is Divine Mother of us all, we practice radically inclusive love that proclaims and builds up the “kin-dom of God.”