Action Against Violence Milwaukee is a community-building event in direct response to the violence seen last fall.

Milwaukee residents from Harambee, Brewers’ Hill, Williamsburg Heights and Riverwest will gather at the Polish Falcon Hall on Saturday, March 11, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for a blood drive. The event, called Action Against Violence Milwaukee (AAVMKE), is in direct response to the multiple shootings in Milwaukee during November 2016. AAVMKE is hosted by HoodRich, a non-profit organization made up of local Milwaukee residents.

The blood drive is an effort to promote peace and unity among Milwaukee residents. While enriching Milwaukee neighborhoods through the community event, AAVMKE also hopes to remember victims of gun violence, especially the lives lost to the shootings during November of last year. A resource fair at the event will also attempt to connect neighbors in 53212 to information and action opportunities.

As host of the event, HoodRich understands the “exhaustion and frustration that comes with focusing on problems and conflict.” The organization hopes AAVMKE will help “celebrate” communities of people who have already come together to take a stand against violence.

Blood donations taken on Saturday, March 11 will support the health and recovery of individuals struggling with poverty, violence, unemployment and segregation – topics all too familiar to most Milwaukee residents. These issues were recently discussed at a MilMag Live race and segregation panel hosted by Milwaukee Magazine on March 6th. At the discussion, panelist Reggie Jackson, Head Griot at America’s Black Holocaust Museum commented on the events of Sherman Park. He emphasized the fact that when segregation exists, “we lose out tremendously… on a sense of our shared humanity.”

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Whether residents are able to donate blood or not, all are welcome at AAVMKE to enjoy refreshments, join activities and find out more about the community. Sign-up and find more event information.