Crime has taken center stage — in attack ads, debates and media coverage — this election season. Through all the noise and soundbites, something incredible is happening: crime survivors, like me, in the communities most harmed by violence are mobilizing to make our voices heard and challenging politics as usual on this divisive issue.

From California to Florida, and Detroit to Houston, victims of violent crime are turning their pain into purpose, banning together as a growing movement of grassroots activists committed to public safety reform. Together, we have built a national issue-advocacy and voter engagement program that will turn out 100,000 survivors of violent crime to vote like our healing depends on it.

Through door-to-door canvassing, community events and voter registration, we are paying it forward for all crime victims by building grassroots momentum for change in dozens of states.