CeaseFirePA is a statewide coalition of mayors, police chiefs, faith leaders, community organizations, and individual Pennsylvanians working together to take a stand against gun violence. Through outreach, education, coalition building, and advocacy, we work to reduce gun violence in our communities, stop the flow of illegal guns onto our streets, and keep guns out of the hands of people who should not have them.
There are two arms of CeaseFirePA, the educational arm CeaseFire Pennsylvania Education Fund (organized under the nonprofit laws of the Commonwealth of PA and recognized as exempt from income tax under 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service Code), and the advocacy arm CeaseFire Pennsylvania, (organized under the nonprofit laws of the Commonwealth of PA and recognized as exempt from income tax under 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Service Code).
Elevating the Issue of Gun Violence Prevention in Pennsylvania
CeaseFirePA is a trusted voice and resource for the public, the media, and policy makers on gun violence and gun violence prevention. We want Pennsylvanians to consistently identify gun violence prevention as a top concern, and have leaders and public policy makers give this issue the attention it deserves.
Creating a Strong Coalition of Citizen Advocates
There is a widespread belief that only experts, or people in positions of power, or those who possess great wealth can affect policy. We are teaching Pennsylvanians that they possess the power of a mass of voting citizens who together can raise their voices for change. We hold educational programs to demystify the citizen activism process and teach the basics of advocacy. We empower coalition members to share their opinions and stories and make their voices heard on the issues of gun violence and gun violence prevention.
CeaseFirePA provides many opportunities for our volunteers to take a stand against gun violence. From vigils to community meetings, to telephone town halls to our Courtwatch and Where Did the Gun Come From? programs, our goal is to offer the right opportunity to engage and empower every Pennsylvanian who wants to join the effort.