See Artwork created from recycled toy guns!

Local organizations to unveil winning artwork in “Anti-Gun Violence Art Competition”

Cleveland, OH – Gun violence is pervasive in our communities and Rid-All Green Partnership has joined with several local organizations to bring awareness to the problem while promoting their mission of sustainability through the creation of beautiful artwork using recycled toy guns.

On Saturday, September 12th a celebration will be held at The Rid-All Green Partnership, 8129 Otter Road (off East 82nd and Kinsman) to showcase the work of student and adult artists and to unveil the winning piece from the “Anti-Gun Violence Art Competition” held last winter in conjunction with the first “Toy Gun Buy Back Program.”

The Competition was one component of the “Toy Gun Buy Back Program,” sponsored  in conjunction with The Gloria Pointer Teen Movement and Inner Visions. Both of these organizations work within the community to combat violence and create community dialogue around these issues.

The community leaders will also take a moment to honor local journalist Rachel Dissell with the Community Humanitarian Journalism Award. Yvonne Pointer said of Dissell, “Rachel is a godsend! She not only tells the stories of Cleveland, but also goes out of her way to help effect change during her free time. She has been a tremendous help to the “Toy Gun Buy Back Program,” and we just want to say a proper thank you to her.”

Rachel Dissell, left, will be honored withe the Community Humanitarian Journalism Award. She is pictured with Yvonne Pointer and Jennifer Richvun late last year. (Photo Courtesy of Yvonne Pointer)
Rachel Dissell, left, will be honored withe the Community Humanitarian Journalism Award. She is pictured with Yvonne Pointer and Jennifer Richvun late last year. (Photo Courtesy of Yvonne Pointer)

Damien Forshe, co-founder of Rid-all Foundation said, “This is a celebration to recognize all of the participants and to show the community the wealth of talent we have amongst our young people.” The celebration will be held from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. and will include fun activities for the entire family along with food and entertainment. This event continues the foundation’s goal to raise awareness around the issue of gun violence and to engage youth in alternative activities.

About Rid-All – Our mission is to transform communities, starting with 3 acres in Cleveland’s Kinsman Neighborhood, known as the Forgotten Triangle.   We’ve reclaimed the land for growing fruits and vegetables, farming fish, creating soil from food waste discarded by others and more. We’ve constructed two green houses, four hoop houses, a tepee and an edible trail to add to our fish farming.  The Rid-All organization has also developed a keen interest in youth development and has implemented programs such as essay contests, science education programs for Cleveland Metropolitan School students and a summer Youth Farmer Leadership Program.  Visit ridall.org for more information.

About Gloria Pointer Teen Movement – Our purpose is to honor unsung heroes who are committed to stopping violence and saving America’s children. Our concept is to provide events that will raise awareness and provide continuous dialogue that lead to change in communities across the country.

 About Inner Visions – Our mission is to create a safe, thriving region where inequities are eliminated and relationships of mutual benefit are formed. We connect people across neighborhood boundaries to work on meaningful grassroots community improvement projects.

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Community members taking action against violence

Rid-All Foundation to host second “Toy Gun Buy Back Program” this Saturday, June 27th from Noon – 5 p.m.

Rid- All Farm
A section of Rid-All Farm, an urban farm in Cleveland, OH.

Cleveland, OH – Gun violence continues to plague our communities and the Rid-All Foundation will continue to raise awareness around this issue with a second “Toy Gun Buy Back Program” on Saturday, June 27, 2015 at the Rid-All Urban Farm, 8129 Otter Road (off East 82nd and Kinsman) from Noon – 5 p.m.

During this event, the Foundation will also unveil the sixth edition of its Brink City Comic Book, which is a special edition focused on the dangers of guns and gun violence. The comic books serve a two-fold purpose – educating youth on the effect that “woes” such as contaminated soil and food deserts have on our communities, and to give them an alternative perspective on how they can improve their health and support their community. The “Toy Gun Buy Back Program” is an opportunity to remove these “toys” from the streets while at the same time providing an alternative to “guns as toys” while offering parents information on more sustainable and productive activities for their children.

The buyback furthers Rid-All’s “Shoot Hoops Not Guns” program started a few years ago with the support of local stars such as retired Cavaliers point guard Austin Carr, and local caterer Tom Paige. “The goal of our programming is to raise awareness for parents who purchase guns for their children, and to put something else in their hands (rather than a toy gun) that is safe and sustainable,” said Damien Forshe, co-founder of the Rid-All Foundation.

As part of Saturday’s program, the first 100 parents who bring their child or children to turn in a toy gun (including pellet or replica guns) will receive a $25 Dave’s Gift Card and each child will receive a Rid-All comic book. The gift cards are limited to one per family. The afternoon will also include free hot dogs, music and a tour of the Rid-All farm. For more information on the Toy Gun Buy Back, please contact Rid-All at 216-990-8191.

About Rid-All – Our mission is to transform communities, starting with 3 acres in Cleveland’s Kinsman Neighborhood, known as the Forgotten Triangle.   We’ve reclaimed the land for growing fruits and vegetables, farming fish, creating soil from food waste discarded by others and more. We’ve constructed two green houses, four hoop houses, a tepee and an edible trail to add to our fish farming.  The Rid-All organization has also developed a keen interest in youth development and has implemented programs such as essay contests, science education programs for Cleveland Metropolitan School students and a summer Youth Farmer Leadership Program.  Visit ridall.org for more information.