More Than 200 Children to March Down Broadway Avenue to ‘Protect Children, Not Guns’

July 8, 2013

Media Alert

WHO: Demonstrating against the tragic cost of gun violence in our state, more than 200 children enrolled in Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools® will march down Broadway Avenue in Minneapolis this Wednesday. Most of the children will be wearing white shirts, but 102 of them will be wearing red shirts to represent the number of Minnesota children who have died from shootings in the past decade.

WHEN: Wednesday, July 10, 2013 at 10:00 a.m.

WHERE: North Community YMCA1711 West Broadway Avenue, Minneapolis

WHAT & WHY: Children from Twin Cities Freedom Schools will join other Freedom Schools across the country in raising awareness about the effects of gun violence on children as part of Freedom School National Day of Social Action. One child or teen dies or is injured from guns every 30 minutes in the U.S. In Minnesota, 102 children died from shootings in the past decade.

Each summer Freedom Schools across the country participate in a National Day of Social Action to raise awareness in their communities around a particular social justice issue. This year Freedom School scholars will raise awareness for CDF’s Protect Children, Not Guns campaign to promote common-sense gun safety measures that will save children’s lives.

Inspired by the Freedom Summer of 1964, CDF Freedom Schools provide tuition-free summer and after-school enrichment that helps children fall in love with reading, increases their self-esteem, and generates more positive attitudes toward learning. Children are taught using a model that supports children and families around five essential components:

  • High quality academic enrichment
  • Parent and family involvement
  • Civic engagement and social action
  • Intergenerational servant leadership development
  • Nutrition and health and mental health

Eight Freedom school sites serve more than 800 scholars ages five to 18 in the Twin Cities. Across the country, CDF Freedom Schools in 2012 served more than 11,500 children in 83 cities and 25 states (including Washington, D.C.).

Contact: Stephanie Hogenson, 651-855-1175 or 612-978-7365,