June Spotlight: Brigette Hoggard, Be SMART Co-Lead and New York Volunteer
Brigitte’s son Terrell Fountain was killed June 24, 2011 in Queens, NY while going to a party two days after he graduated from high school. Brigitte is a member of Moms Demand action and a Be SMART Co-Lead. Brigitte also has her own organization with another survivor called T&J 24/7.
For many, 2020 was a year full of challenges and heartache. Do you have any advice for fellow survivors for how you remain resilient and committed to the mission in 2021?
It’s important to me that we focus on our mental health first. This is what affects how we think, look and act. Taking time for yourself should be an active part of your involvement in this movement.
What has it meant to you to be part of Moms Demand Action and the Everytown Survivor Network?
Moms Demand Action and Everytown Survivor Network has created a space for me to give my thoughts and ideas a chance to blossom into greatness
What is one thing you hope to personally accomplish as a survivor leader in the coming year?
The one thing I hope to personally accomplish as a survivor lead is to work on a better way to effectively prevent more tragedy due to gun violence. We have to stay focused on our mission so other families, friends, schools and communities don’t have to live with the trauma we suffered from.
Every day, more than 110 Americans are killed with guns.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics. WONDER Online Database, Underlying Cause of Death. A yearly average was developed using five years of the most recent available data: 2016 to 2020. Everytown For Gun Safety Support Fund