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Mayor Tishaura Jones works with Everytown for Gun Safety to commemorate Black History Month

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ST. LOUIS — Mayor Tishaura Jones is working with Cure Violence, gun violence prevention advocates and Everytown for Gun Safety to reduce gun violence in St. Louis and commemorate Black History Month.

A video was released on Monday titled “St. Louis: A community of resilience. One of the main points highlighted in the video was that St. Louis saw a significant reduction in homicides from 2020 to 2021.

Mayor Jones became co-chair of Everytown’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns group earlier in 2022. He is focused on solving gun violence through innovative solutions such as expanding community violence intervention programs ( CVI) through the US bailout.

“Making our neighborhoods safer takes a comprehensive approach,” Jones said. “My administration stands ready to work with advocates and organizations like Everytown to continue the progress our city has seen over the past year. This includes expanding our use of community violence intervention programs to connect residents to resources and support.

“Black communities bear the brunt of the physical, emotional and financial burden that accompanies the gun violence crisis in our country,” said Angela Ferrell-Zabala, senior vice president of Movement Building at Everytown for Gun Safety.

On Monday, the City of St. Louis will begin the process of officially issuing requests for proposals (RFPs) to expand CVI programs in St. Louis using $5.5 million from the U.S. bailout. CVI’s expansion is part of the $135 million direct relief program of the U.S. Federal Bailout Act Mayor Jones signed into law in 2021 to improve public health, public safety and provide economic support to residents.