Heal America Launches National Summer of Healing Initiative


Heal America aims to reduce violence across the country and promote peace

ARLINGTON, Va., July 13, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Heal America launches a national initiative called Summer of Healing. The initiative will support community leaders across the country by providing resources and grants to leaders and organizations working to reduce violence and bridge divisions between community members and law enforcement.

The Summer of Healing officially kicked off with a series of events on June 19, including the rally at Texas directed by Opal Lee. Opal is widely known as the “Grandmother of Juneteenth” and is Honorary Chair of Healing Summer.

The Summer of Healing has since provided nearly $2 million in grants distributed among 43 organizations in 18 cities, including Dallas, TX; Chicago, Ill.; Atlanta, Georgia; Newark, New Jersey; and Minneapolis, Minnesota. Community leaders will invest the funds in local projects to advance strategies to reduce and eliminate violence and create lasting change. Examples of projects:

  • Roca Inc. is leading a combined in-person and technical solution in Baltimore which trains police officers in emotional regulation to reduce harmful and negative interactions in their personal lives and with the community.
  • In dallasa group called Violence Interrupters uses relationship management and mentoring to prevent escalations that result in violent crimes.
  • In VegasHope for Prisoners changes the community by helping people coming out of prison connect with law enforcement mentors who can help them overcome the challenges of reintegrating into society.
  • In Atlanta, Shoot Film Not Guns Anti-bullying/Stop the Violence Youth Initiative educates youth from underserved communities through “Careers in Film” workshops. Young participants will learn how the camera works, engage their acting skills, master the art of storytelling and improve their creative writing skills to tell stories relevant to their communities, increasing their academic level and working on activities positive throughout the summer.

“Despite the violence and conflict we have experienced, there are areas of excellence in this country where people are committed to bringing peace and healing to their cities,” said Dr. DeForest B. Soaries Jr. , co-chair of the Summer of Healing and pastor emeritus of the First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens. “There has never been a more urgent time for this kind of work. Innovative solutions to address violence must come from local leaders and organizations, and I am thrilled to work with such leaders.”

Antong Lucky, co-chairman of Heal America, president of Urban Specialists and co-chair of Summer of Healing, said the following: “We cannot change the injustices of history – they will always resonate with the past – but we can go from forward with the startling promise of human progress and connection, and that’s what it’s all about. We look forward to working with these wonderful organizations to bring healing to their hometowns and to the nation.”

Lucky and Soaries are co-chairs of Summer of Healing. Leon Fordan advocate for criminal justice reform, and Ryan Tilmana corporal in the Chino, California., Police Department and founder of Breaking Barriers United, will be the Summer of Healing ambassadors. They will work with community leaders and police across the country.

The Summer of Healing initiative was created by Heal America, a national movement dedicated to fighting racial injustice with love and redemption. For more information on the Summer of Healing tour, https://healamericamovement.org/communities/#summer-of-healing.

About Heal America

Heal America is a movement to advance racial justice through empowerment. Heal America does this by investing in the tools, resources, and capital necessary for local and national changemakers who seek to eliminate injustice. Born out of a series of local events hosted by urban specialists, the Stand Together Foundation has partnered to expand the Heal America movement to cities across the country. Heal America seeks to interrupt violence in local communities, strengthen community-law enforcement relationships, and address injustice through bottom-up change. To find out more visit www.healamericamovement.org and follow us on Facebook, instagram, ICT Tac and Twitter to @joinhealamerica.

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