Miami
GUN VIOLENCE MEMORIAL

The Gun Violence Memorial is coming to Bayfront Park in Miami to remember victims of gun violence and inspire the #CourageToAct. These 3,000 vases represent the number of people in Florida who died from gun violence in 2020.

Open to the public December 13–17, 2021.

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GUN DEATHS ROSE 8% IN FLORIDA LAST YEAR

That’s 3,000 people in Florida, some of the 45,000 lives lost to rising gun violence nationwide. To honor this preventable loss of life, we’ve installed 3,000 vases of flowers in Miami.


The Gun Violence Memorial is open for public viewing. We encourage you to visit, reflect, and urge your elected officials to take action.

Bayfront Park
Miami
December 13–17


CANDLELIGHT VIGIL

Join us in Miami on Tuesday, December 14—the ninth anniversary of the Sandy Hook shooting—to commemorate all of the children and teens killed by gun violence.

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A PLACE TO REMEMBER & REFLECT

Every flower is a life that could be saved. We’re visiting Miami to commemorate victims of gun violence and inspire the #CouragetoAct.

In April, Giffords installed a memorial on the National Mall in Washington DC with 40,000 flowers representing the number of Americans who die from gun violence each year. Tragically, new data indicates that number rose to 45,000 in 2020.

That’s why we’re taking the Gun Violence Memorial on the road and visiting Miami. No state or community in the United States is safe from preventable shootings—nearly every American will know a victim of gun violence at some point in their lifetime. This memorial will visualize that reality in a bold and unique way that refuses to be overlooked or ignored.

Giffords will host press events, leadership will meet with community partners, and Giffords Gun Owners for Safety coalition members will advocate before local officials. Residents will have the opportunity to visit the memorial, attend a candlelight vigil, and learn more about the fight to end gun violence.

PLEDGE TO FIGHT GUN VIOLENCE

Stand with Gabby Giffords and join our efforts to make our country safer from gun violence. It takes all of us to fight fear and despair with courage and action.

A PLACE TO INSPIRE ACTION

We can save lives from gun violence, but only if we have leaders with the courage to act.

State 

Florida

In the wake of the tragic school shooting in Parkland, Florida significantly improved its gun laws, but still has a long way to go. 

Gun Law Scorecard Grade: C-

Gun violence impacts every community in Florida in tragic and preventable ways. But instead of taking action to address this crisis, state lawmakers stand behind dangerous laws like “Stand Your Ground” and Gov. DeSantis has only proposed more extreme measures that would escalate conflicts and lead to more violence. Meanwhile in Washington, Florida Senators Marco Rubio and Rick Scott have ignored calls for action and done nothing at all. We can save lives from gun violence, but only if we have leaders with the courage to act.

Preliminary CDC gun violence data from 2020 indicates a clear trend: gun violence is on the rise. An estimated 3,000 Floridans lost their lives to gun violence last year. That’s an 8% increase over the previous year.

GUN VIOLENCE MEMORIAL PARTNERS

Thank you to our dedicated partners for joining us in honoring the 3,000 Floridans who lost their lives to gun violence last year. We admire the lifesaving work you do day in, day out. 

EQUALITY FLORIDA

Equality Florida is the largest civil rights organization dedicated to securing full equality for Florida’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community. Through lobbying, grassroots organizing, education, and coalition building, we are changing Florida so that no one suffers harassment or discrimination on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.
eqfl.org

CHANGE THE REF

Change The Ref (CTR), was formed to empower our Future Leaders. CTR gives the kids of today the tools they need to be empowered to make changes to critical issues that affect our nation, through education, conversation, and activism. It uses urban art and nonviolent creative confrontation to expose the disastrous effects of the mass shooting pandemic. It also brings focus to the NRA’s corrupt maneuvers to buy lawmakers, while forcing solutions which are essential to healing mass shooting victims’ families’ lifelong grief. Change The Ref’s ultimate goal is to give the young generation of survivors and victims a disrupting voice to help lead the way to change – a more peaceful future. #NeverAgain.
changetheref.org

CIRCLE OF BROTHERHOOD

The Circle of Brotherhood is an organization of primarily Black men from all walks of life dedicated to community service, economic development, crime prevention, conflict resolution and mediation, educational services, and youth mentorship. Members of the Circle have dedicated their lives to collectively solving the social ills of our community. The founding members formulated the organization in 2013 based upon a call to action for unity and collaboration, to address the manifold issues related to increased violence in Miami’s fifth district. Our service and influence now spans throughout South Florida.
circleofbrotherhoodmiami.org

FLORIDA CHAPTER OF THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRICS

Through its more than 2,500 members, the Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics promotes the health & welfare of Florida’s children and supports pediatricians & pediatric specialists as the best qualified providers of their healthcare. 
fcaap.org

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SPOTLIGHT

GABBY’S STORY
OF COURAGE

In 2011, Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was shot in the head while meeting with constituents in Tucson, Arizona. In the face of adversity and opposition, she’s inspired millions to fight for a safer America, one free from gun violence.

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