Our mission is to promote Love, Peace, and Community Collectiveness to end gun violence in the Twin Cities.
Our programs address youth and community violence, focusing on prevention, intervention, and restorative practices within the African American community. Our efforts are focused on decreasing gun violence by increasing positive community interactions, conversations, spaces, events and creating programming to heal and prevent future retaliation. In addition, we work with families, community stakeholders, culture, and religious organizations in our outreach efforts to promote the message of ending gun violence and promoting love.
We are reimagining community safety and what it looks like for African Americans around community violence and gun violence. We invest in our community by working alongside community members to provide impactful change. We are the change, we have been waiting for! We are committed to ending gun violence in our community and have invested our time, money, and lives to bring creative solutions to our community, using culturally specific engagement messaging and activities.
The Creative Lab is a place for our young people to be safe, create, and explore. We encourage creativity and conflict resolution over violence and hate. The creative lab offers young people a positive outlet to poor their trauma into. We capture the attention of young people between the ages of 13- 18 years old so that the streets don't take their light before they have a chance to grow.
Intervention Community Out Reach Street Team
Our street team comprises of pastors, mothers, fathers, and individuals from the African American (Black) community whom all share a passion for ending community violence. Our team of committed community members are in the community engaging brothers and sisters in high gun violent areas throughout the Twin Cities.
Community Healing Circles were started as a way for community to talk about their pain, grief, and trauma caused by gun violence in our community. The community healing circles are culturally specific to the African American (Black) community residents and are led by community members who have directly experienced gun violence. Participants can begin the healing process with their family, and community.
African Americans are ten times more likely than white Americans to die from gun homicide.
African Americans are fourteen times more likely than white Americans to be wounded.
68% of African American adults or someone they care for has experienced gun violence in their lifetime.
Children exposed to violence are more likely to abuse drugs and alcohol; suffer from depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder; resort to aggressive and violent behavior, and engage in criminal activity.
We recognize that direct cultural healing needs to take place in our communities. Since 2018, our group has hosted community healing circles throughout the Twin Cities to help the community work through grief and the trauma of losing a loved one. We create safe spaces that provide residents with culturally relevant and holistic mental & physical health healing.
Our Public Service Announcement (PSA) Campaign promotes the message Guns Down Love Up through Radio and Television PSA's, online streaming commercials and PSA's, In-School Performances, and a media advertisement campaign. We intend to make gun violence abnormal in our community by building a grassroots message to end gun violence.
Guns Down Love Up program promotes peace and the end of gun violence throughout the Twin Cites with a concentrated effort to heal our community with restorative practices. Our program focuses on Gun Violence Prevention, Intervention, and Restorative Justice. Each initiative involves one or multiple activities aligned with our organization's three-goal areas.
Afya Sanaa is a healing center and community space where Minnesotans who identify as Black, African, African American, ADOS can find solace, safety and fellowship to start their journey to healing. Self-expression, wellness, and community participation are the foundation and cornerstone of Afya Sanaa's mission to heal through art, knowledge and love.
"Block Takeovers" are community-based events created to take up space within high crime and gun violence areas in the Twin Cities with the goal and intent to change the climate and make a positive impact on community relations. Our events promote safe spaces and encourage residents to engage in positive community building, conversation, and engagement. The goal is to keep our communities safe by holding one another accountable without involving gun violence.
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