JULY 14TH “Ride to Remember”. On the 7-month anniversary of the Sandy Hook tragedy, The Ridgefield Bicycle Company (new location at 88 Danbury Road) is organizing a 40-50 mile bike ride to Newtown and back. Open to the public. Ride starts at approx 7am and riders should be back by approx 10am. There will be an after-party at 10am at The Ridgefield Bicycle Company for riders and friends.
JULY 18th – Letter to the Editor Writing Frenzy Bring a laptop or tablet and help us write letters to local papers around the country. Please spread the word!
|When||– Thu Jul 18, 2013 7pm – 9:30pm Eastern Time|
|Where||– Edmond Town Hall Alexandria Room (map)|
If you cannot attend live, please consider writing a letter to the editor of your local paper (generally 200 words or less) and forward it to Gina McDade for replication and reposting on our website.
JULY 20TH Ridgefield “Summerfest” Street Festival. 10am to 4pm. Look for our booth!
Brady Campaign Petition: please consider signing an on-line petition put forth by one of the members of the Brady Campaign. This petition is to restore liability to gun makers and to repeal the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA) … in other words, to make it possible to sue a gun manufacturer . The petition can be found at: http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/repealing-the-gun-manufactur
Please Call the House of Representatives in DC regarding BILL HR-1565. The background check bill that failed in the Senate is going to be introduced in the House as HR-1565. All of the CT Reps are co-sponsors. Click here to contact the House of Representatives: http://act.demandaction.org/whipcount/House-Vote-Count/ The bill can be found here: http://beta.congress.gov/bill/113th-congress/house-bill/1565
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Sandy Hook Six-Month Anniversary
Join Us In Washington, D.C.
It has been six months since the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Since then, thousands of Americans have died from gun violence, the casualties grow every day, and there has been no action from Congress to pass what the majority of Americans support – universal background checks to save lives and make our communities safer.
In honor of the 26 lives lost on December 14, 2012, and the more than 4,500 lives lost since that day, Newtown Action Alliance is planning a series of events on Thursday, June 13 as follows:
- Post & Tweet In Unison
Thunderclap Crowd Sourcing Event: At 9 a.m. a coordinated Twitter/Facebook message will launch simultaneously on all participant pages/feeds. Use the Twitter hashtag: #SixMonthsNoAction
- Speak Directly To Congress
Throughout the day, a Newtown Action Alliance contingency will hand-deliver to members of Congress a list of gun violence victims and a letter signed by gun violence prevention alliance partners across the country demanding universal background checks. To have your organization sign onto these letters sign up here
- Remember The Victims
Starting at 9 a.m., there will be a “No More Names” (www.nomorenames.org) reading of all the victims lost to gun violence since 12/14. At noon, people from Newtown will read the 26 names of the children and educators lost that day.
- Human Green Ribbon of Remembrance
After the 26 names are read, all of us, wearing green, will assemble to create a powerful visual and symbolic image. Together we will stand for a moment of silence to honor all victims lost to gun violence before, since and on 12/14.
- Schedule Details
If you are planning on attending the NoMoreNames reading and/or helping to form the Human Ribbon of Remembrance at the Capitol tomorrow, please also join us for a press conference with key lawmakers at noon in the Capitol Visitor Center – Room SVC 201. Details and Schedule below:
A press conference and public demonstrations to mark the six-month anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting and to demand congressional action on gun reform.
Speakers at the press conference will include:
• Jillian Soto, sister of Victoria Soto, who hid her students and then was shot and killed confronting the gunman in the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown
• Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV)
• House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)
• Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT)
• Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT)
• Rep. Elizabeth Esty (D-CT)
• Rep. Peter King (R-NY)
• Rep. Mike Thompson (D-CA)
Thursday, June 13, 2013
• 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: Name-reading vigil observing the lives lost since the Newtown shooting (Outside the US Capitol Building, Zone 1)
• 12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.: Press conference with key lawmakers (Capitol Visitor Center – SVC 201)
• 12:30 p.m. -1:00 p.m.: Formation of the “Ribbon of Remembrance”
• 1:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.: Resume name-reading vigil observing the lives lost since the Newtown shooting
How You Can Help
- Join us in Washington, D.C. to take part in these events.
- Sign up for the Thunderclap event.
- Tell your contacts about the Thunderclap event.
- Let the media know. Write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper.
- Call, e-mail, fax, use Facebook and Twitter to let all representatives know that six months and no action is too long to wait for commonsense gun laws.
- Target Eric Cantor and John Boehner at the moment we hand-deliver our letter to them and demand that they listen to the majority voice of Americans who support universal background checks.