Americans Standing Up to Call on Congress to Pass Common Sense Measures to Reduce Gun Violence like Expanded Background Checks
CHICAGO and NEW YORK, April 11, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- This Friday, April 12 th and Saturday, April 13 th, Americans across the country will join together at "We Have Not Forgotten and Demand Action" community events to call on members of Congress to support gun violence prevention measures like the bipartisan legislation introduced by Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey and West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin to require background checks for commercial gun sales. The American people have made it clear where they stand – they want a response to the tragedies caused by gun violence and want Congress to keep guns out of dangerous hands. With 92% of Americans already supporting commonsense measures like background checks for all gun sales, it's time Congress stands with those Americans instead of the gun lobby to support reforms that will save lives and protect our communities.
"We Have Not Forgotten and Demand Action" events will feature community leaders as they stand up to ensure that Congress hears the steadfast calls of the American people for sensible solutions to gun violence. It's time for Congress to act now, stop the political games and move forward meaningful steps to protect our communities and our children. There have been too many families torn apart by gun violence – it is time to show that we can both support the Second Amendment and make sure dangerous people aren't able to purchase a gun.
The list of events follows (in development, all times local):ARIZONA Phoenix Who: State Representative Ruben Gallego and Jennifer Longdon, gun violence survivor.When: Friday, April 12th @ 7:00 p.m.Where: Indian Steele Park, 300 E. Indian School Rd. Tucson Who: Pam Simon, survivor of gun violence, Father Bill Remmel, Minister, Lisa Kiser, survivor of gun violence, Sat Bir, Religious Leader, and Emily Nottingham, mother of Gabe Zimmerman, a staffer of Rep. Giffords killed in the Tucson shootingWhen: Friday, April 12th @ 7:00 p.m.Where: Canda del Oro (Christina-Taylor Green Memorial) River Park, 7646 N. Shannon Rd. CALIFORNIA Los Angeles Who: Los Angeles community leadersWhen: Saturday, April 13th @ 2:00 p.m.Where: Federal Building, 11000 Wilshire Blvd. Mountain View Who: Mountain View community leadersWhen: Saturday, April 13th @ 11:00 a.m.Where: Mountain View Caltrain Plaza, Castro St and W Evelyn Ave. COLORADO Denver Who: State Representative Rhonda Fields, Don Macalady of Hunters Against Gun Violence, and community membersWhen: Saturday, April 13th @ 3:00 p.m.Where: First Universalist Church, 4101 E. Hampden Ave. FLORIDA Miami Who: Miami community leadersWhen: Saturday, April 13th @ 7:15 p.m.Where: Miami River, 444 SW. 2 nd Ave. Delray Beach Who: Mayor Glickstein of Delray Beach, Mayor Muoio of West Palm Beach and Angela Williams of Mothers Against MurdersWhen: Saturday, April 13th @ 10:00 a.m.Where: Delray Beach Center for the Arts at Old School Square, 51 N. Swinton Ave GEORGIA Atlanta Who: Councilman Kwanzaa Hall and Kimberly Brusk, domestic violence and gun violence survivorWhen: Saturday, April 13th @ 11:00 a.m.Where: The King Center - Reflecting Pool, 449 Auburn Ave., NE INDIANA South Bend Who: Fred Preston, former police officer, Pastor Erskin Jones and Jill Long, mother of a victim of gun violenceWhen: Saturday, April 13th @ 10:00 a.m. Where: Park Plaza, 253 North Michigan St. Indianapolis Who: Dr. Derek King, (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Nephew), Ed Delaney (State Representative and gun violence survivor), Renita Hills (gun violence survivor), Stephen Dunlop (former physician and gun violence prevention advocate), Jenny Reiter (domestic violence victim advocate)When: Saturday, April 13th @ 10:00 a.m.Where: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Park, 1701 Broadway St. MAINE Portland Who: Lois Reckett, Family Crisis Services; gun violence survivors Judi and Wayne RichardsonWhen: Saturday, April 13th @ 11:00 a.m.Where: Monument Square, 52 Congress St. NEVADA Las Vegas Who: Esther Sass, family member of gun violence victim and Michael Litt, family member of gun violence victimWhen: Saturday, April 13th @ 1:00 p.m.Where: Aloha Shores Park, 7550 Sauer Dr. NORTH CAROLINA Charlotte Who: Veteran Martin LevinWhen: Saturday, April 13th @ 3:00 p.m.Where: Little Rock a.m.E Zion Church, 401 North McDowell St. Greensboro Who: City Council Member Marikay AbuzuaiterWhen: Saturday, April 13th @ 2:00 p.m.Where: First Friends (Fellowship Hall), 2100 W. Friendly Ave. Raleigh Who: Morrisville Mayor Jackie Holcombe, and Karen Haldeman of Mom's Demand Action When: Saturday, April 13th @ 7:00 p.m.Where: Wake County Court House, 316 Fayetteville St. OHIO Akron Who: Akron community leaders When: Saturday, April 13th @ 11:00 a.m. Where: Park at the corner of South Main St. and Church St., Akron Cleveland Who: Rev. Paul Sader Sr.When: Saturday, April 13th @ 2:00 p.m.Where: Mt. Zion Congregational Church, 10723 Magnolia Dr. Columbus Who: Columbus Mayor Michael B. Coleman, Newtown father Neil Heslin When: Saturday, April 13th @ 11:00 a.m.Where: Dodge Recreation Center, 667 Sullivant Ave. PENNSYLVANIA Philadelphia Who: Joe Davis, gun violence survivor; Maureen Buckley, Moms Demand ActionWhen: Saturday, April 13th @ 1:00 p.m.Where: 1599 John F. Kennedy Blvd. Wilkinsburg What: We Have Not Forgotten – Wilkinsburg Community EventWho: Borough of Wilkinsburg Mayor, John Thompson; Emsworth Mayor, Dorothy QuinnWhen: Saturday, April 13th @ 3:00 p.m.Where: Wilkinsburg Borough Hall, 605 Ross Avenue, Wilkinsburg, PA 15221 York What: York Community EventWho: City of York Mayor , Kim Bracey and Police Chief, Wes KahleyWhen: Saturday, April 13th @ 10:00 a.m.Where: City of York Police Department, 50 W. King St. TEXAS Dallas Who: Dallas community leadersWhen: Saturday, April 13th @ 4:30 p.m.Where: North Haven Methodist Church, 11211 Preston Rd. WISCONSIN Madison Who: Elected officials and community leadersWhen: Saturday, April 13th @ 11:00 a.m.Where: Speedway Road and Highland, 10 Highland Ave. Milwaukee Who: Milwaukee community leadersWhen: Saturday, April 13th @ 12:00 NoonWhere: Eastside Kiosk, 2017 E. North Ave. About Organizing For ActionOrganizing for Action (OFA) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to advancing the policies that the American people voted for in 2012. In just three months more than 1.4 million volunteers have taken action through Organizing for Action. As a grassroots funded social advocacy group OFA is committed to tipping the scales of power back to the American people instead of special interests in Washington. OFA is working to advance policies like job creation, strengthening the middle class, gun violence prevention, comprehensive immigration reform and measures combating climate change that a majority of the American people support. More information at www.barackobama.com About Mayors Against Illegal GunsSince its creation in April 2006, Mayors Against Illegal Guns has grown from 15 members to more than 900 mayors from across the country. 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