On Nov. 30, 2021, four students were killed and seven people, including a teacher, were injured in a mass shooting at Oxford High School. In response to this devastating incident in our community, we issued this statement. Unfortunately, just a few months later the shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde Texas took the lives of 19 children and two teachers, and injured 17 others. These incidents, after years of other incidences of mass violence across our country, became the catalyst for our organization to move forward with adding this language to our Policy Agenda:
Gun violence in the United States is a crisis that continues to cut innocent lives short and devastate communities. No one should fear for their safety when going to the grocery store, the movie theater, or a concert, and no child should face each school day afraid that someone will harm them, their teachers or their classmates. To address this crisis, United Way for Southeastern Michigan will:
Then, our community faced yet another significant loss less than a year and a half after Oxford when three students from Southeastern Michigan were killed, and five additional students injured, during a mass shooting at Michigan State University. After this incident, we knew that something needed to be done, and our CEO, Dr. Darienne Hudson, issued this statement acknowledging that it is time to take action.