The faith community, nonprofit and business sectors are taking up their moral responsibility both by donating money to purchase the gift cards given in exchange for surrendered guns and by taking a moral stand against gun violence.
The Peace-Source Fair will showcase area groups involved in violence prevention and intervention as well as those addressing the seeds of violence, such as the lack of jobs and affordable housing. Victims of gun violence and others will tell their stories. Civic and religious leaders will share what they are doing to reduce violence in our community. These include Pastor Kerwin Manning, Chief Sanchez, Mayor Bogaard, Jack Scott, Steve Madison, Bert Newton, Juliana Serrano, Viriginia Classic, Rev. Allen Williams, Rev Joe Roos, Anthony Manousos, Victoria Wilson, Pastor Paul Kim, Dave and Debra Williams, Pastor Marcelo Alverado, Aaron Abdulshukoor, Khatchik Chris Chahinian, Hyun Hur/Sue Hur, and Fr. Paul Sustayta.
What makes this event unique is that it has been initiated, led and funded primarily by the faith community, which has taken seriously Isaiah 2:4 injunction to "turn swords into plowshares." The faith community has also stepped up to the plate and donated most of the nearly $20,000 raised to date. A broad range of churches have been contributors, including All Saints Episcopal Church, First Church of the Nazarene, Knox and Westminster Presbyterian Churches, Neighborhood Church, Holy Assembly of God, Altadena United Methodist Church, New Revelation Baptist Church, Orange Grove Meeting (Quakers), Harambee Christian Family Center, One Voice Church, Pasadena Mennonite Church, etc.
Secondly, this is unique because it is not just a gun buyback, but also a Peace-Source Fair. The fair will include gun safety, violence prevention, intervention, and the seeds and roots of violence.
Nearly forty organizations are taking part, including the ACLU, Adopt a School, All Saints Church Ministry, Ambassadors for Peace, Armony Center for the Arts, Boys and Girls Club, the Brady Campaign, Clergy Community Coalition, Communidad de los Americas, Day One Pasadena, Deveal Family Services, Family Promise, ECHO, Friends in Deed, Harambee, Pasadena Public Health Department, Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance, Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace, Jericho Road (Neighborhood Church), Leadership Pasadena, NAACP, Neighborhood Urban Family Center, New Vision Partners, Pasadena Area Mentoring, Pasadena Mennonite Church, Peace and Justice Academy, Peace Parade Coalition, Quakers, ReconciliAsian, Team Pasadena, Ten Thousand Villages, Women Against Gun Violence, and YWCA.
Time of the Peace Source Fair: Saturday, May 11, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Location: Thurgood Marshall Street (just north of the Pasadena City Hall).
Time of the Gun Buyback: May 11, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Location: In front of the Police Station—207 N. Garfield Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91101.
Those surrendering guns should bring them unloaded in the trunk of their cars and let the police remove them. They will receive gift certificates ($50 for a non-working gun, $100 for a pistol or rifle, $200 for an assault weapon).