PICO LIVE FREE Campaign Joins Democratic Convention Panel on Solutions to Urban Gun Violence

PHILADELPHIA– On Thursday, July 28 at 1:30 p.m., the Rev. Michael McBride, director of PICO National Network’s LIVE FREE Campaign will join the panel discussion on solutions to urban gun violence at the Democratic National Committee Convention Committee in Philadelphia. “Healing Communities in Crisis: Lifesaving Solutions to the Urban Gun Violence Epidemic” will be held in Room 204B at the Philadelphia Convention Center (1101 Arch Street).

The Rev. McBride, whose work with Ceasefire is nationally recognized and has led to double digit reductions in gun violence in cities across the country, will join other leading practitioners and experts to discuss policy solutions and to provide concrete strategies that local activists and organizers can use in response to gun violence.

Rooted in faith, LIVE FREE aims to dismantle mass criminalization and incarceration of people of color and address the root cause of pervasive violence in these communities. In the coming months, LIVE FREE will engage, educated and empower the nation’s lowest propensity voters in the lead-up to November’s election, including giving a voice to those most directly impacted by the epidemic of daily gun violence in America.

The Rev. Michael McBride, LIVE FREE Campaign, PICO National Network
Amber Goodwin, Community Justice Forum Coalition
Devone Boggan, Advance Peace
Lauren Footman, Generation Progress, Center for American Progress
Tracey Meares, Yale Law School
Jose Osuna, Homeboy Industries

WHAT: Healing Communities in Crisis: Lifesaving Solutions to Urban Gun Violence (Democratic National Convention panel)

WHEN: Thursday, July 28
    1:30 – 3:00 pm

WHERE: Philadelphia Convention Center, Room 204B
    1101 Arch Street, Philadelphia

Interview opportunities with the Rev. McBride are available, contact Shannon Craig Shaw,, 202-674-5921.   


The LIVE FREE Campaign is a movement of the PICO National Network of faith-based organizations and congregations committed to addressing the causes of pervasive violence and crime in our communities. We believe that the mass criminalization and incarceration of people of color, coupled with the lack of meaningful and quality opportunities, have contributed to a state of crisis in our country. Live Free is committed to dismantling the mass-criminalization of people of color by mobilizing the faith community to action using the voices of those closest to the pain in order to build communities where all of God’s children can live free.