Champaign transforms guns into garden tools

Gun parts spelling out "Grow Peace"
Photo courtesy of RAWtools

Dawn Blackman, a minister at Champaign (Ill.) Church of the Brethren, was one of the first community leaders to receive a gardening tool made from guns in a “Guns to Garden Tools” event this summer, according to a report published by Illinois Newsroom.

Randolph St. Community Gardens, where Blackmon is coordinator, hosted the “weekend of peace” event, with leadership from the Champaign-Urbana Interfaith Alliance and the Ministerial Alliance of Champaign-Urbana & Vicinity and support from Champaign Church of the Brethren, Champaign-Urbana Moms Demand Action, and the Central Illinois Mosque and Islamic Center (CIMIC) in Urbana.

The blacksmith collective RAWTools, a Mennonite-sponsored group based in Colorado, did the work of transforming guns into yard signs and shovels for distribution to various local gardens.

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