For Immediate Release
December 6, 2016
NATIONWIDE VIGIL TO BE HELD DECEMBER 14 COMMEMORATING ALL VICTIMS OF GUN VIOLENCE ON FOURTH ANNIVERSARY OF SANDY HOOK SHOOTINGS
WHAT: 4th Annual National Vigil for All Victims of Gun Violence in commemoration of the fourth anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy, as well as the 120,000 American victims of gun violence since December 2012. As of today, over 85 family members of victims of gun violence and survivors from cities and towns in 20 states are expected to attend the National Vigil in Washington D.C. A busload of community members from Newtown will also be attending.
The National Vigil to All Victims of Gun Violence will lead local vigils to #EndGunViolence across the country. Currently over 240 local events and vigils are being planned in 39 states and Washington D.C.
WHO: The Newtown Foundation, Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence, States United to Prevent Gun Violence, The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, Organizing for Action, Everytown Survivor Network, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, and St Mark’s Episcopal Church on Capitol Hill.
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church
WHEN: December 14, 2016 at 7:00 PM
The Newtown Foundation:
John Kelley; firstname.lastname@example.org;
St Marks Episcopal Church:
States United to Prevent Gun Violence
Julia Wyman, Executive Director
Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence
Brendan Kelly, Press Secretary
Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America
Everytown Survivor Network
The Newtown Foundation (TNF) is a Newtown-based, all volunteer organization formed after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings. Our mission is “To provide comfort, education, scholarship and other support and resources to people and communities impacted by, and living or growing up among or in the aftermath, of violence in American society; and to help them lead the way toward positive cultural change over the long term.” Learn more about the Newtown Foundation at http://foundation.newtownaction.org/.
St Mark’s Episcopal Church is an open community, welcoming people wherever they are on their faith journey. We celebrate the gifts of God that empower us to engage boldly in the struggles of life and care for others with love, justice and compassion. Learn more about St. Mark’s Episcopal Church at http://www.stmarks.net.
States United to Prevent Gun Violence (www.ceasefireusa.org) is a non-profit organization dedicated to making our families and communities safer. As part of our 50 State Solution to end gun violence, we support our 31 existing state-based gun violence prevention groups and work to bring new partners into the movement
The mission of the Brady organization and its Million Mom March is to create a safer America by cutting gun deaths in half by 2025. For more insight on gun violence prevention, follow us on Facebook and Twitter
@BradyBuzz. The Brady Campaign and Center, united with the Million Mom March, is a national network of more than 90 grassroots chapter affiliates mobilized to prevent gun violence at the community level. The network has played a vital role in expanding Brady background checks in the six states that have passed legislation since the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut and produced the largest national protest of gun violence in U.S. history – The Million Mom March, Mother’s Day 2000.
Everytown Survivor Network brings together Americans who have been personally affected by gun violence to work together to fight for solutions to prevent the gun violence that kills 91 Americans and injures hundreds more every day. The Survivor Network connects people who have been shot and loved ones of those who have been shot or killed to build community and empower survivors to become advocates and leaders in the gun violence prevention movement. The Survivor Network, along with Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America and Mayors Against Illegal Guns, is part of Everytown for Gun Safety, the largest gun violence prevention organization in the country with more than three million members and more than 125,000 donors. To learn more about Everytown’s work with survivors or to join the Survivor Network, please visit www.everytown.org/survivors.
Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America is a grassroots movement of American mothers fighting for public safety measures that respect the Second Amendment and protect people from gun violence. Moms Demand Action campaigns for new and stronger solutions to lax gun laws and loopholes that jeopardize the safety of our children and families. Since its inception after the tragedy at Sandy Hook School, Moms Demand Action has established a chapter in every state of the country and, along with Mayors Against Illegal Guns and the Everytown Survivor Network, it is part of Everytown for Gun Safety, the largest gun violence prevention organization in the country with more than three million supporters and more than 125,000 donors. For more information or to get involved visit www.momsdemandaction.org. Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MomsDemandAction or on Twitter at @MomsDemand
Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence is a diverse coalition of more than 50 denominations and faith-based organizations united by the call of our faiths to confront America’s gun violence epidemic and to rally support for policies that reduce death and injury from gunfire. Learn more about Faiths United at http://faithsunited.org.
Organizing for Action (OFA) is a non-partisan, issue advocacy organization committed to growing the grassroots movement by training, educating, and activating civically-engaged community members across the country. As a grassroots driven organization, OFA is dedicated to empowering action-takers with the skills and tools needed to tip the scales of power back to the American people and away from the special interests in Washington, D.C. More information at www.barackobama.com.