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New York Kicks Off Gun Violence Awareness Month

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) -- Monday marks the start of the third annual Gun Violence Awareness Month in New York.

Throughout the month, there will be marches, rallies and youth-engagement events, WCBS 880's Jim Smith reported.

Co-Chair Erica Ford from the group LifeCamp said it's about banding the community together to take a stand.

New York Kicks Off Gun Violence Awareness Month

The goal is to "galvanize people throughout the state to support the efforts to reduce the violence that is plaguing us in this nation," Ford said.

Participating religious leaders across the state have also agreed to focus on anti-violence in their sermons.

New York is the only state to designate an entire month to raising awareness about gun violence.

For Ford, this year is especially personal. Her friend's son was killed just this past weekend.

"It's very important because too many valuable young people are losing their lives to this issue," she said.

On June 10, supporters will wear orange.

For more information about Gun Violence Awareness Month, including a schedule of events, visit

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