Gun Violence is on the Rise in South Carolina and Across the Country
Press Release by Mr. Trezevant
On Saturday, July 15th, 2023, at 10:00 AM, Project Unity USA is hosting Corvettes United on a cruise with one thousand Corvettes to the South Carolina Statehouse for a rally to speak out against gun violence here in South Carolina and across the country.
In South Carolina, as in most of the country, gun violence is rising rapidly. South Carolina was ranked eighth in the country in gun deaths as of 2019. In 2020, 964 people were murdered, 2,358 were wounded by guns in South Carolina, and we were raked the sixth highest in the country in gun violence. (Numbers for 2021 and 2022 are not readily available at this time)
One thousand Corvettes cruising to and parking in front and around the Statehouse will draw people from all over South Carolina and surrounding states. Gun violence has touched the lives of just about everyone in one way or another. When we were writing this press release, we were informed of a shooting at a park here in Columbia where nine youths were shot.
The cruise will begin at 421 Bush River Road on July 15th at 9:15 AM. This will be a police-escorted cruise to the Statehouse, where the streets around the Statehouse will be closed off for Corvette parking only. Speakers for this event are Mayor Daniel Rickerman- City of Columbia, Richland County Sheriff- Leon Lott, and Bruce Trezevant – Founder/CEO of Project Unity USA.
After the rally, the Corvettes will take another police-escorted cruise back to 421 Bush River Road (Dutch Square), where we will have an all-Corvette car show and cruise in. We will continue our rally against gun violence at this location.
Project Unity USA was founded in August of 2006 to promote unity in communities to reduce crime and make our communities a safer place to live, work and play. We have received awards for our work from then-Governor Hailey via the Columbia Urban League and from numerous churches and community organizations.
Mr. Trezevant, the founder of Project Unity USA, is a former Los Angeles Police officer who grew up in Columbia and attended Eau Claire High School, where he worked on Gangs, Narcotics, Major crimes, and Community Relations.
We want to invite Corvette owners and clubs to participate in the cruise, Vendors, Sponsors, and Volunteers. Please visit www.projectunityusa.org or Corvettesunited.org for more information.
We ask the public to help get the word out about this event by posting under #Corvettesunited #puusa or #projectunityusa.
TOGETHER WE WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE
2401 Haskell Ave
Columbia, SC 29204