PITTSBURGH  – The mission of East Liberty Concerned Citizens Corporation/Larimer Blueprint Commuity is to improve individual and community self-esteem by providing or supporting programming that is designed to empower and improve in any way existing conditions within Allegeny County.  A specific emphasis is placed on public safety, among other sub-categories, and eliminating gun violence falls squarely under public safety.

From the organizers: “We’ve been dealing with issues of public safety for 28 years.  We designed & incorporated Operation Hammer, which we distributed to citizens who wanted to anonymously report crime.  When I watched a 16-year-old boy, my neighbor, lay down right in front of me and die in the street after being shot by an AK-47, I felt like we needed to be more directly involved in preventing and addressing gun violence.  CeaseFirePA is a worthy organization doing something about gun violence and all of the issues that surround it–it’s a good partnership for us.”