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Mayor Johnson announces new campaign to curb gun violence over next 100 days
SAVANNAH (May 7) – Today, Mayor Van Johnson announced a community initiative asking moms to take 10 actions to reduce gun violence in Savannah over the next 100 days.
“This is going to be 100 days of courageous conversations,” said Mayor Johnson “We are saying for the next 100 days, we need accountability in this community. The police cannot mother our children. Mothers have to mother our children.”
The campaign asks moms in our community to do 10 things to keep Savannah safe this summer, including:
- KNOW WHO your children’s friends are and who their friends’ parents are
- KNOW WHAT is in their room, their closet, their text messages, their social media
- KNOW WHERE your children are at all times and set a curfew
- BEWARE OF BOREDOM: children need accountability, schoolwork, a job, chores
- LOCK UP GUNS IN HOMES AND VEHICLES: access to guns puts your child and others at risk
- ASK about guns in homes your child visits and make sure they only visit homes where guns are safely stored
- KNOW YOUR NEIGHBORS
- FORM A VILLAGE of neighbors, church members, and parents of your child’s friends to keep every child in Savannah safe
- IF YOU SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING
- BE PRESENT physically, emotionally, spiritually; pray with your children, love your children, and have fun with your children this summer.
The city is also partnering with local media outlets, including WSAV, WTOC, WRUU, and Cumulus Media, to remind parents about the importance of knowing where their children are each night at 11 p.m.
“If you love on your community, and you love on your neighbors, we wouldn’t have this much going on,” said Brenda Johnson Curtis, who lost her son to gun violence. “It’s a lack of love. It’s not like it was back in the day. We just have to love on our children, let them know we are here for them. They are our blessings from God.”