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Peacemakers awarded $100k grant from Everytown for Gun Safety

Peacemakers awarded $100k grant from Everytown for Gun Safety

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A national not-for-profit organization is giving Buffalo Peacemakers a $100,000 grant to support anti-violence efforts.

Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund, part of Everytown for Gun Safety, a gun-control advocacy group, announced the award Thursday.

Back to Basics Ministries, the grant recipient, coordinates the Peacemakers, a coalition of anti-violence groups.

The grant comes in Everytown's first round of awards that are part of a pledge to distribute $25 million over five years, the organization said in a news release.

Buffalo, like other cities across the country, is experiencing a significant surge in gun violence.

From Jan. 1 through July 31, the 225 people shot in Buffalo represented a 61% increase compared with the average of 140 shot over that time period for the previous decade, a Buffalo News analysis found.

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