In the wake of Cameron Boyce’s tragic death, his family launched an organization to keep his memory alive and continue his legacy by helping others. Now, the Cameron Boyce Foundation has announced its first campaign: a project to end gun violence, which Cameron himself was working on prior to his passing.
Titled Wielding Peace, the campaign aims to bring awareness to gun violence through photographs of people “wielding” their nonviolent and creative passions instead of weapons. In partnership with Refinery29, the Cameron Boyce Foundation has pledged to continue this project that Cam originally started along with help from actors Sophie Reynolds and Karan Brar, with photography by Taryn Dudley.
“I’ve named the concept Wielding Peace. It will be a collection of images that feature people from all walks of life (celebrities, victims of gun violence, common supporters) wielding ‘guns,’” Cameron said about the campaign, per Refinery29. “The catch is, the ‘guns’ that we’re using as props will be items that signify unity and peace. Household items such as musical instruments, cameras, food, sporting equipment, beauty products, articles of clothing…anything that might inspire someone creatively as well as make a strong statement with the sentiment that we need to choose a different weapon.”
The original photography has been posted to Wielding Peace’s official Instagram page, and the account has been encouraging Cam’s fans to participate in the project with photos of their own. “Join us in our campaign to end gun violence by sharing your own image wielding your chosen object of peace using #WieldingPeace,” they wrote. “Together we are stronger, and together we can create change.” A quick scroll through the account’s Instagram Stories reveals that many fans have jumped on board, posing with cameras, musical instruments, makeup palettes, and more objects reflecting their passions.
Cameron’s former Disney costars have also taken to social media to support the movement. “I will personally be participating and advocating on behalf of this incredible project, and I ask that you do the same,” Dove Cameron wrote on Instagram, adding: “In this unbelievably polarized, hyper-violent and highly image based/social climate we are in, wielding peace is the perfect blend of communicating love, peaceful protest, and (hopefully) social media support to raise awareness about gun violence.” Sofia Carson also shared the project on Twitter, using the hashtag #TheCameronBoyceFoundation.
In addition to this campaign, the Cameron Boyce Foundation aims to support causes that the late actor was truly passionate about, such as spreading kindness and fighting for clean water. The organization also pledges to advocate for epilepsy awareness in order to honor Cameron’s memory and help others with the condition.
Originally Appeared on Teen Vogue