Washington CeaseFire was founded in 1983 by a small group of concerned citizens who desired to reduce gun violence in their communities. Since then CeaseFire has grown to nearly 6,000 members across the state.
CeaseFire works to reduce gun violence in Washington State in three ways:
- Research: Community experts, CeaseFire staff, board members and volunteers work together to provide our members and the statewide community with the latest and most comprehensive statistics on the issue of gun violence in Washington State. Our legal team also works to provide us with thorough analysis of legal issues surrounding gun violence prevention. Research allows us to unmask the many myths surrounding the issue of gun violence and provides the foundation for our educational and advocacy work.
- Education and Community Outreach: Community support and awareness is key to solving any social problem and it is especially true in the case of gun violence prevention. CeaseFire conducts workshops and presentations on reducing gun violence in local schools, Parent Teacher Associations (PTSAs), and community groups. CeaseFire also works with the media and holds regular events designed to raise awareness about gun violence and community support. Contact us to have a CeaseFire representative come talk with your community or school group.
- Advocacy: CeaseFire’s C-4 sister advocacy organization works for sensible policy solutions to gun violence at the local, county and state level.