For Immediate Release

November 28, 2017

MEDIA ADVISORY

NATIONAL VIGIL ON DECEMBER 6TH  TO MARK FIVE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF SANDY HOOK SHOOTINGS

VIGIL WILL HONOR ALL VICTIMS AND SURVIVORS OF GUN VIOLENCE

NATIONWIDE VIGILS AND EVENTS TO #EndGunViolence TO BE HELD ACROSS AMERICA

WHAT:  

The Newtown Foundation, Newtown Action Alliance, Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, Everytown Survivor Network, Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, Organizing for Action, States United to Prevent Gun Violence, St Marks Episcopal Church and Women’s March are hosting the 5th Annual National Vigil for All Victims of Gun Violence in commemoration of the five-year mark of the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy, as well as the 500,000 Americans who have been killed or injured by guns since December 2012. As of today, nearly 100 family members and survivors directly impacted by gun violence from 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 5th Annual National Vigil for All Victims of Gun Violence on Capitol Hill will lead the Nationwide Vigils and Events to #EndGunViolence across the country. Currently nearly 200 local vigils and events are being planned in 40 states and Washington D.C.

WHO:  

-Nearly 100 families and survivors directly impacted by mass shootings, daily gun violence and gun suicides from Newtown, Las Vegas, Aurora, Tucson, Charleston, Blacksburg, Chicago, Oakland, Hartford, New York City, Atlanta and beyond from 20 states.

– The Connecticut Congressional Delegation: Senator Richard Blumenthal, Senator Chris Murphy and Representative Elizabeth Esty

-Chris Hurst, Former TV anchor whose girlfriend Alison Parker was killed on live television in 2015, who won the race for the 12th District of Virginia’s House of Delegates

-Natalie Merchant, multi-platinum singer-songwriter and activist  

-Gordon Thomas Ward, musician, author, radio host and presenter

-Doug Hammer, pianist and composer

-Velleda C. Miragias, cello teacher and chamber music coach at the Rivers School Boston University

WHERE:

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church

Capitol Hill

301 A St SE, Washington, DC 20003

WHEN:  

December 6, 2017 at 7:00-9:00PM

CONTACTS:

The Newtown Foundation & Newtown Action Alliance:

John Kelley; jkelley@newtownaction.org

917-679-6475

Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence:

James Tyll; media@bradymail.org                                 

(202) 370-8128

Everytown Survivor Network:

Press@Everytown.org

704.975.4589

Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence:

Claire Markham; cmarkham@americanprogress.org

Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America:

Press@Everytown.org

704.975.4589

Organizing for Action:

Jesse Lehrich; jlehrich@ofa.us

St Marks Episcopal Church Capitol Hill:

The Rev. Michele H. Morgan, 12th Rector

Michele@st.marks.net

202-543-0053

States United to Prevent Gun Violence:

Victoria Coy; victoria@ceasefireusa.org

504-500-7655

Women’s March:

WMWpress@sunshinesachs.com

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The Newtown Foundation (TNF) is a charitable arm of the Newtown Action Alliance. It is a Newtown-based; all volunteer organization formed after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings 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 towards positive cultural change over the long term. Learn more about the Newtown Foundation at http://foundation.newtownaction.org/.

 

Newtown Action Alliance is a grassroots organization formed after the tragic shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School.  It works to make America’s children, families, and all citizens safer through legislative and cultural change that will reduce gun violence in our nation. Learn more about the Newtown Action Alliance at http://alliance.newtownaction.org/.

 

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. 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.

 

Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America is a grassroots movement of Americans 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.

 

 

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