Gun violence continues surging in Louisville, with 16 homicides and 60 non-fatal shootings reported in Louisville Metro in March. So far this year, 47 homicides and 159 non-fatal shootings have occurred, according to information provided by LMPD’s homicide unit to Christopher 2X Game Changers.
Christopher 2X Game Changers and The Kidz Club PPEC (Prescribed Pediatric Extended Care) are teaming up to help children with medical conditions, who suffer emotionally because of exposure to violence, find a path to a safe and nurturing future.”
I’m honored to have such dedicated, successful people join our team, and look forward to working with them to further our mission of building a movement for social justice through education and non-violence,” said 2X, who has fought for peace and justice for two decades and founded the Game Changers organization in 2018.
Russell Coleman, former U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky, has joined the board of the non-profit Christopher 2X Game Changers, and Christie Welch, a peace and justice advocate and recent University of Louisville graduate, has been named deputy director.
Truth be told, Christopher 2X didn't want to pursue a presidential pardon. When the prominent Louisville anti-violence activist looked back on the federal drug convictions more than three decades in his past — and how far he's come since — he'd long ago made peace with it all.
In this holiday season, in a year of racial unrest, record gun violence in our cities, and a devastating pandemic, we received a blessing — a presidential pardon for our drug convictions.
We are extremely grateful. We’re fortunate to have many friends who have supported our work for justice, second chances and nonviolence since we left prison. They vouched for us even though a pardon wasn’t something we requested for ourselves.
Tytianna Wells and Christie Welch are ambassadors for the non-profit Christopher 2X Game Changers Inc. Wells, CEO and founder of Honey Tree Publishing, is the author of eight books including "#Am I Next?: A poetic movement for political reform and Black liberation" and a Ph.D. candidate in curriculum and instruction at the University of Louisville. Welch, the owner of Through the Stone crystal jewelry line, is a 2019 Cum Laude graduate of the University of Louisville with majors in Pan African Studies and Humanities and minors in philosophy and religious studies.
Gun violence is at an all-time high in Louisville.
Not even halfway through November, we’ve had 143 homicides — 22 percent more than the previous annual record set in 2017. More than 50 people a month are getting hit by non-fatal gunfire — double the gun violence in a typical year.
"My advice to everybody is that at the end of the day there's one common factor that can at least make us think better of each other as human beings and how we get to that space of respect and in a better light of understanding... Children, for some reason, are the magical presence and the power to make us humble ourselves to how we can get to better spaces."
AwardsOn Sept. 5, 2019, three former patients, anti-violence advocate Christopher 2X and Russell Coleman, United States Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky, visited UofL Hospital to present awards to the UofL Hospital trauma outreach team and the UofL Hospital trauma surgery team in recognition of life-saving care provided to gunshot wound victims from 2003-2019.
Gunshot wound survivors Sheronda Morris Jasper, Cierra Twyman Miller, and Dionte Reed shared their stories and personal words of thanks to the nurses and physicians for the care that allowed each of them, as well as thousands of other victims of violence, to recover from their wounds.
Christopher 2X collects his thoughts after receiving a text message from his daughter. (Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post)
By Roman Stubbs, Jesse Dougherty and Ava Wallace
June 7, 2020
“Louisville is like so many other cities,” 2X said. “Because of the pandemic, because of the issues with job losses and unemployment connected to it, I think there is a lot of built-up frustration, along with the compounding issues that went with everyday life, especially in poor communities. When Breonna’s case went national, … it started to enhance those sentiments and energy.”