Gina Cavallo + Emily Farley, EKG Project
What does this campaign - GUNS AGAINST GUN VIOLENCE - mean to you? It means strength against gun violence in this case our "guns" being our united voice to plea for less violence, less hate and more love
Why is it so important to stand up as a unified front against gun violence? There is more strength in volume and in numbers- as a community that thrives on giving positivity back into the community whether through leading a fitness class on a spin bike or like EKG giving the world cleaner, safer foods to eat, all that we put out there is positivity. United positivity is a much more lethal weapon than negativity and hatred. MLK Jr
What does a world without gun violence look like to you? Safe. Peaceful. Happy. Healthy. Full of Love. It means a world with no war.
Have you ever personally been affected by gun violence? GC: Yes, one month ago my sister's best friend, Fori Lumi was shot and killed by her boyfriend. She was only 29 years old, a victim of domestic violence and ultimately gun violence. EF: Yes, due to combination of addiction depression and lethal weapons resulted one loss of life and many more severely affected within my family.
Why do you think it's important to stand up to gun violence? For a better future not just for us but for the generations to come.
What do you feel could help eradicate gun violence? A basic mental health check of those applying to those getting guns but getting to the root of all violence is a lack of love.
What are your feelings in response to the Orlando shooting and/or other shootings in recent years? It's heartbreaking - I just always think of the families who lost brothers, sisters, friends and others who they love.
Do you feel safe in today's world? Relatively speaking yes and we are lucky to live in the west village of NYC for the most part we do live safely especially compared to those in war torn countries but you always have to be on the look out and be cautious which shouldn't be the norm...
How do we make sure that love is stronger than hate? What are ways you would tell someone to help spread love within their community or in the world? Chose to love, chose kindness, chose gratitude, chose compassion and empathy. Living by those principles help combat Love's greatest adversary, Fear. Fear and Love cannot co-exist. If we emphasize more putting others first than we would all be taken care of.
What does the term Love is Love mean to you? Love is love means it is a active choice and knows no race, gender, income, sexual orientation or any other label our society generates.
What would you say to someone who only believes in a narrow definition of love? Theyre missing out on a much richer life- I tell my family and friends every single time I leave them that I love them. I never want the people who own the space inside my heart to go one day without knowing what they mean to me. The only way to teach love is to show love.