Several events will be held this weekend to honor Breonna Taylor, including a food drive geared toward families in need and those impacted by gun violence in West Louisville.
Many of these Louisville families are all connected by one thing: having their loved ones fall victim to deadly gun violence.
“This is my son, who lost his life Dec. 19, 2019,” said Krista Gwynn, the mother of Christian Gwynn.
“I’m the sister-in-law of Jose Munoz who was gunned down in Olive Garden lobby of Feb. 23, 2019,” said Donna Munoz, the sister-in-law of Jose Munoz.
This upcoming weekend marks one year since Breonna Taylor was killed by police during a raid in her appointment. Her mother, Tamika Palmer, wanted a food drive in her daughter’s memory.
“They put emphasis on homicide victims and violent crime survivors,” said Christopher 2X, the executive director of Gamechangers.
Louisville nonprofit Gamechangers and New York-based “Until Freedom” are behind the food drive, which will distribute more than 1,000 bags of fresh produce and groceries to people in need.
“There’s a lot of need here, it’s not just about police violence; it’s also about gun violence, it’s also about food desserts,” said Linda Sarsour, the co-founder of Until Freedom.
She says aside from protesting and demanding accountability in Taylor’s death, this is a way to address inequalities. On Sunday, these families will be passing out the food outside of the community connections building in the Portland area. It’s that food that was donated by hip-hop mogul Jay-Z’s company, Roc Nation.
“Roc Nation has been a champion of providing resources to organizers, to activists. They are always game for food distribution or anything that brings some sort of joy or hope to communities of color,” Sarsour told WLKY.
For Gwynn and others in her shoes, she hopes to provide that glimmer of joy and hope this weekend.
“I’m going to give out until the boxes are gone, I’m going to be here giving it out,” said Gwynn.
The group will be going to several areas in west Louisville to let people know of the food drive this Sunday. It will start at three, at the 2500 block of West Montgomery Street and it will be first-come, first-serve.