The Peace Onley was founded in August of 2023.
My name is Najada Pilgrim. On January 28, 2012, I lost my first son, Anthony Onley to gun violence in Columbia, South Carolina. He was shot at his home in front of his two little girls (ages 4 and 6). At that time, his brother Michael Onley (a.k.a. DJ MO) became an activist for gun violence in the city of Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania. Unfortunately for my family, on October 13, 2013, he became a victim of gun violence. And, after years of waiting on arrests, then the trial, conviction of the defendants -- my grieving and mourning has led me to turn that pain and hurt into something positive. So, I created The Peace Onley Foundation to give back to the communities that my sons loved so much.
At The Peace Onley Foundation, we’re looking to partner with anti-gun violence organizations, youth initiative programs and services. To promote peace and alternative measures in resolving violent conflicts with youths within our communities.
The Peace Onley Foundation is working on programs to stop gun violence by Raising Awareness of the Perils of gun violence, through the voices of two slain brothers, Anthony and Michael Onley, aka D.J. MO and their mother, Najada Pilgrim who has turned her grief into a voice for change.
Volunteers are the backbone of our Foundation. We are looking for individuals who have the vision of making a difference with the youth and making a change within the community that we all live in.