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February 10, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 10, 2011

I became aware of WAGV through Rhonda Foster when I was a teacher in a correctional facility in Chino, CA. Her 7 yo son had been murdered by a gang member's 'stray bullet.' I contacted her and she agreed to speak to the felons in my class. We kept in touch and she told me of this organization. Since then I have attended events held by WAGV. They have the extraordinary job of educating the public regarding the daily tradegies inflicted upon communities, families and individuals due to gun violence. They do this by calling upon victims of homocide--like Rhonda--who have lost children, especially, to criminals who possess illegal firearms. And they do this in Southern California where the incidence of homocide exceeds that of almost every other major city in the country. The men and women of this organization are dedicated citizens who advocate for non violence, peace, and the end of death by guns in our communities.

WAGV relies on small fundraisers and donations to defray the costs of printing, mailing, organizing and spreading the word of their organization. They go into communities that most people fear and talk to people that most people would not, in order to discourage violence. They attend rallies in these same communties to bring attention to their message of peaceful coexistence. Their are untiring in their efforts and are committed to bringing violence to a halt in the streets of Los Angeles and its surrounding cities.

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my classroom when I saw Rhonda Foster's story bring tears to the eyes of some of the most hardened gang members incarcerated in Southern Los Angeles. I believe she changed the lives of some of my inmates/students with her message of ending violence.

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enable them to become more of a force in their communities by setting up small, local centers in the communities where they are most needed. WAGV would benefit from a stronger base of financial support so that they may increase their actions and words to our young people who are committing far too many crimes due to access to far too many easily obtained illegal fire power.

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