Gun Violence Prevention Events – May and June

Please mark your calendars for these special dates in May and June.

May 9th: Moms Demand Action is sponsoring a free advance screening of the movie, “Under the Gun”.  We are encouraging all faith congregations to come join the screening of this important movie, which features citizens from Tucson.  Here is the announcement–please share:

June 2nd is National Gun Violence Awareness Day, aka Wear Orange Day.

This yearly event began in remembrance of Hadiya Pendleton, who was killed In Chicago.  Her friends chose orange – the color worn by hunters for safety – and wore it on what would have been Hadiya’s 16th birthday, June 2nd, 2013.

June 3rd – 5th, we are asking faith communities to highlight gun violence prevention in their services.  See below some suggestions that other faith communities have implemented.

Gun violence prevention groups in Tucson are bringing the community together on June 2nd to raise awareness of the toll that gun violence takes: an average of 90 people a day in this country.

We invite you and your congregation to Wear Orange and join us at El Presidio Park at 7:00PM on June 2nd for an evening of reflection and remembrance, during which we will light the courthouse dome orange.  We welcome your participation and perspective on how the faith community can be a part of this gathering.

On June 3, 4 or 5, we encourage you to Wear Orange in your faith community.  Some thoughts on how to do this include asking your congregation to Wear Orange and document this in your newsletter or on social media, turn your Facebook page orange, decorate your sanctuary and light orange candles.  If you would like to have a speaker from the Everytown Survivors group, please contact Lisa Kiser (lkiser@cox.net).

We will send you a sample bulletin insert when further details about the El Presidio Park gathering are finalized.  If you have questions, or would like to share ideas on ways your congregation will recognize this day, please contact Lisa Kiser (lkiser@cox.net) or Meg Pradelt (mpradelt@icloud.com).

Thank you for your consideration and participation. Gun violence prevention is a significant health, economic, social and moral crisis in our nation, and we strongly believe that all faith communities can help address this serious problem.

Lisa Kiser

Everytown Survivors

Meg Pradelt

Gun Violence Prevention Arizona

 

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