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Democratic Black Caucus Hosts Welcome to My Hood: Missing Voter Community Roundtable on Gun Violence with Secretary Julián Castro

(Columbia, SC) On Thursday, August 29, 2019, the Democratic Black Caucus of South Carolina will host Presidential Candidate Secretary Julián Castro for a Welcome to My Hood: Missing Voters Community Roundtable on Gun Violence.

The event will begin at 3:00 p.m. and will take place at Pacific Park 200 Wayne St, Columbia, SC 29201. 

The roundtable is being held as a part of the Democratic Black Caucus’ Welcome to My Hood: Missing Voter event series which seeks to bring presidential candidates to some of South Carolina’s most marginalized communities where voters have been unengaged in the political process since President Obama left office. Together, residents in these communities amount to nearly 300,000 registered voters who have lost sight of the power of their vote. 

In recent weeks, gun violence has been a primary topic of conversation across the nation and here at home.  In August alone the nation was rocked when back to back mass shootings in Texas and Ohio killed over 31 people. 

Locally, there has been an 88% increase in homicides by gun violence just in the city of Columbia. Conversations around gun violence have taken center stage with police investigating two separate threats at Midlands schools and several high-profile shooting incidents, including a recent robbery where a man walked into a church while worshippers were kneeling in prayer and shot a congregant.

In response to the on-going concern over gun violence, Secretary Castro unveiled a proposal to address the topic called, “People First Plan to Disarm Hate: Combating White Nationalism and the Gun Violence Epidemic.”

The plan calls for an investment in programs to combat hate and domestic terrorism; requires state, local, and tribal governments to report hate crime statistics; establishes a White House Initiative on Disarming Hate; closes the “Charleston” Loophole; reforms ammunition laws; and bans high-capacity magazines that can hold dozens of rounds. 

It outlines the need to invest in community-driven violence prevention programs, suicide prevention programs, and support for victims of gun violence. It also calls for research and data collection into gun violence, gives the Center for Disease Control authority to study gun violence as a public health issue and allocates $50 million annually for its research. 

With such a timely issue at hand, the Welcome to My Hood: Missing Voter Community Roundtable on Gun Violence will bring together local minority community leaders, activists, and other stakeholders to develop community-based solutions and best practices to combat hate and gun violence in and against communities of color.  Attendees will have an opportunity to talk with Secretary Castro directly about how the issue of gun violence is impacting their lives and offer their thoughts on his proposal. 

All local residents and community leaders are encouraged to attend. Members of the press are welcome. Please direct all event inquiries to Michael Bailey, Public Relations Officer for the Democratic Black Caucus of South Carolina, 803-238-7121 or [email protected]

For question regarding Secretary Castro’s visit and itinerary please contact  Christina Cue, State Director for Julián for the Future, 803-439-9664 or [email protected] 

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