For Immediate Release

December 13, 2016


Newtown Action Alliance: John Kelley 917-679-6475

Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence: Brendan Kelly 724-612-3453



Call to Action on 12/15 Commemorates Fourth Anniversary of Sandy Hook Shootings

Follows Vigil of Remembrance and Mourning on 12/14 at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church on Capitol Hill

Vigil to Commemorate 400,000 Victims and Survivors of Gun Violence Since Newtown

WHAT: A press conference to inform the public about the current state of gun violence in the U.S. and to demand action on gun violence prevention. It will take place the morning after the 4th Annual National Vigil for All Victims of Gun Violence at St. Marks Episcopal Church, commemorating the fourth anniversary of the tragic shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, as well as the 400,000 American victims and survivors of gun violence since December 2012.

WHO: Senator Richard Blumenthal (CT), Senator Chris Murphy (CT), Representative Elizabeth Esty (CT, 5th District), Senator Elect Chris Van Hollen (Maryland), Representative Don Beyer (VA, 8th District) and Representative Gerald Connolly (VA, 11th District).

Po Murray, Chair of Newtown Action Alliance and the Newtown Foundation

Dan Gross, President of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence

The Rev. Rebecca Justice Schunior, St Mark’s Episcopal Church, Washington, D.C.

Over 80 family members of victims and survivors of gun violence from 20 states, including:

  • Carlee and Matthew Soto, sister & brother of Victoria Soto, a teacher killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School
  • Gilles & Joyce Rousseau, parents of Lauren Rousseau, another teacher killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School
  • Francine & David Wheeler, parents of Ben Wheeler, student killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School
  • Hannah D’Avino, sister of Rachel D’Avino, a teacher killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School
  • Mary Long, Mother of Eric Williams who was killed in Chicago, Illinois
  • Barbara Parker and Andy Parker, Parents of Journalist Alison Parker who was killed in Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia on live television
  • Melody McFadden, Daughter of Patricia Ann Geddis and Aunt of Sandy Patrice Geddis Barnwell who were killed in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
  • Denise Cromwell, Niece of Sam Caulder who committed suicide with a gun in Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
  • Tina Meins, Daughter of Damian Meins who was killed in San Bernardino, California
  • DeAndra Yates, Mother of DeAndre Knox, a non-verbal quadriplegic from gunshot to the head in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Angel Santiago & Luis Roldan, Survivors from Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida
  • Robert Yuille, Husband of Cindy Yuille who was murdered at Clackamas Town Center in Portland, Oregon
  • Brenda Grisham, Mother of Christopher Lavell Jones who was murdered in Oakland, California
  • Christina Johnson, Mother of Christopher Johnson who was murdered in Chicago, Illinois
  • Sam Saylor, Pastor and father of Shane Oliver who was murdered in Hartford, Connecticut
  • Khary Penebaker, Son of Joyce Allene Penebaker who committed suicide with a gun in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • And many others

WHEN:  Thursday, December 15, 2015 10:00 AM

WHERE: Capitol Building, Washington, D.C., Room HVC 200


The 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.

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


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