Sonya Coleman

Meet Sonya,  a Community Organizer for Stop Handgun Violence.

When did you get involved in gun violence prevention (GVP)?

I became an activist for GVP after the Sandy Hook mass shooting.

I quickly learned that our weak gun laws allowed easy access to those who shouldn’t have them. Remaining on the sidelines on this issue was no longer an option and I continue to do whatever I can to advocate for stronger gun laws.

What is your most memorable Stop Handgun Violence event?

Hands down, 50 Miles More-Massachusetts. Helping to organize this protest march with students and SHV was the MOST rewarding volunteer action in my activist life (so far)! Plus, witnessing first-hand the dedication and resolve of youth leaders was truly an inspiration for me. It’s definitely a positive shift for the GVP movement.

What’s your favorite Massachusetts destination?

The Rose Kennedy Greenway in Boston.

Fun fact: 

Rode 4 days on horseback into the Outback of New South Wales, Australia.

Celebrate Sonya’s work to end gun violence and join her at our 25th Anniversary party on October 24, 2019.