Guns in America
November 18, 2015
Co-Founder, Stop Handgun Violence
More about John Rosenthal
Meredith Management developed the first mixed income apartment complex financed by the Massachusetts Housing Finance Agency in 1969 and has developed and managed over 5,000 residential units and 5 million square of commercial property. Meredith currently employs 125 real estate professionals and manges property throughout Massachusetts. In 2009 Meredith created an an affiliate, Here Comes the Sun, LLC which has developed 9 commercial solar photovoltaic power plants in Massachusetts using Federal and State Renewable Energy Tax Credits, and more solar plants are being planned.
John is also very active in community based environmental and renewable energy issues as well as social and economic justice. He has organized and advocated extensively in support of safe and renewable energy and against nuclear power. He has also founded founded several effective nonprofit organizations. In 1987 John started the Friends of Boston’s Homeless (www.fobh.org). The Friends is a partnership with the City of Boston, has raised over $20,000,000, serves 800 people every night and helps transition more than 400 formerly homeless men and women in Boston beyond shelter with housing and full-time jobs each year.
In October 1995, as a gun owner, recreational Trap Shooter and businessperson John founded Stop Handgun Violence (www.stophandgunviolence.org). The organization has been the lead advocate for Massachusetts’ effective gun violence prevention laws and intiatives and it’s work has been symbolized by the large 252 feet long and 20 feet high iconic billboard that he built on the side of a parking garage along the Massachusetts Turnpike near Boston’s Fenway Park. Urban industrial Massachusetts now has the most effective gun laws, first in the nation consumer protection regulations for firearms and the lowest firearm fatality rate per 100,000 capita in the United State.
In June 2015, John and Gloucester Police Chief Leonard Campanello co-founded the Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (www.paariusa.org) to support the innovative Gloucester Angel program and help other police departments around the Commonwealth and Nation address the deadly epidemic and desease of opioid addiction.
President and CEO, Louis D. Brown Peace Institute
More about Clementina Chéry
Tina was a stay-at-home mom who enjoyed spending time with her three children. On December 20, 1993, things abruptly changed for Tina and her family. Her oldest son, Louis David Brown, who was fifteen years old, was shot and killed just blocks from their home. To honor her son’s memory, Tina co-founded the Louis. D. Brown Peace Institute. The Peace Institute is a center for healing, teaching, and learning. It provides vital crisis management to family members of homicide victims. Transforming her pain and anger into action, Tina also began reaching out to other survivors of violence. She led the effort to create a network of survivors of homicide victims. Her goal was to give Boston’s community of survivors of violent crime a voice and a safe space and environment that her family didn’t have when Louis was killed. She also founded the Survivors Outreach Services program at the Peace Institute to assist families immediately after a murder, helping with personal matters, from coordinating the family’s support network, providing guidance, assisting with funeral planning, to navigating the criminal justice system. Tina saw a gap in the service delivery system for survivors of homicide victims and has been working tirelessly ever since to bridge that gap. She was a key player in convening the Serving Survivors of Homicide Victims Providers Network, and she remains an essential connecting link in this network of service providers.
Tina Chéry is a sought-after consultant and motivational speaker. She was invited to participate on a panel discussion on Principled Leadership with representatives of the legislative, executive, and judicial branches as part of the Women in Public Service Project May 2014 Summer Institute. This summer institute was held for emerging women leaders from post-conflict societies. There were 48 delegates representing more than 20 different countries. Tina was a featured speaker at conference jointly hosted by VISIONS Inc. and the Children’s Hospital Neighborhood Partnerships Program, attended by nearly 300 social workers, psychologists, licensed mental health workers, educators, community leaders, hospital personnel and others working in urban schools, health centers, and community-based settings. Tina has also recently addressed a class of new recruits at the Boston Police Academy, a group of corrections officers, and a group of youth, teachers, and parents involved with DYS.
Tina has forged a new path to healing and reconciliation through the creation of innovative programs, which teach and apply the core seven principles of peace – love, unity, faith, hope, courage, justice and forgiveness – and are anchored in restorative justice theories. Tina leads by example and practices these seven principles of peace in her own life, especially in her own family. She loves spending time with her two surviving children, Allen and Alexandra, and her grandson Paris Alexander. Contact: tina[at]ldbpeaceinstitute.org