MEDIA ADVISORY                                          

Coalition of leaders from local communities of color request $2 million in CARES Act funding for violence interruption efforts

The Black Child Legacy Campaign and local leaders across multiple sectors will hold a press conference to address the needs of local Black and Brown individuals, families and neighborhoods, including youth, workers, business owners, and those who are undocumented or unhoused.

Speakers will set an agenda for COVID-19 relief and long-term funding supports required for violence prevention, mental health, access to safety net resources, job development and to confront police and domestic violence.

African-American, Latino and Native American communities across California and the country are disproportionately dying from COVID-19 due to pre-existing health and environmental concerns caused by long-standing health and economic inequities. At the same time, police violence and ongoing economic disinvestment are devastating Black and Brown communities.

This summer, during the COVID-19 pandemic, young people will be out of school and without access to typical supports and opportunities. Black Child Legacy Campaign and its partners are working to support immediate needs of families and neighborhoods and gain commitments for long-term funding to address violence prevention and intervention efforts. 

Friday, May 29, 2020  
11:00 a.m.: Press Conference
11:30 a.m.: Speakers available for interview

Pastor Les Simmons, South Sacramento Christian Center
Berry Accius, Voice of the Youth
Marcus McGhee, Advance Peace      
Kindra Montgomery-Block, Sierra Health Foundation and The Center
Gabby Trejo, Sacramento Area Congregations Together
Additional Youth and Community Leaders               

Simmons Community Center
25 Massie Court, Sacramento



The Black Child Legacy Campaign is the community-driven movement raising visibility and strengthening efforts of the Steering Committee on RAACD to address preventable causes of death, including gun violence. 

Through the Black Child Legacy Campaign, trusted Sacramento community organizations, one in each of seven priority neighborhoods, are funded to serve as “Community Incubator Leads” or lead organization for the work in their neighborhood. The campaign has also pioneered the implementation of outstation County Multi-Disciplinary Teams (MDT) with a unique partnership among county agencies and community-based organizations. The campaign’s Healing the Hood initiative trains and works with community-stationed Crisis Intervention Workers (CIW), who work in partnership with local organizations and individuals to intervene and prevent violence and escalation.

Black Child Legacy Campaign is funded by the County of Sacramento, the City of Sacramento, First 5 Sacramento, California Board of State and Community Corrections and is managed by The Center at Sierra Health Foundation. 

Learn more about the Black Child Legacy Campaign at



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