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Call a Senator who blocked background checks

Recently in DC, NAA members and 100 advocates and gun violence victims from around the country confronted gun industry CEOs and the lawmakers who’d pockets they line, as they tried to sneak in the back alley entrance to a fundraiser organized by Newtown-based gun lobby, the NSSF for their PAC.   Today, these CEOs who continue to put profit before people, are meeting with some of the same Senators they convinced to block expanded background checks last April.

A toll-free hotline has been set up that will enable you to call a US Senator who has taken money from the gun lobby AND voted against expanding background checks to private sales of firearms.

Please call 415-403-2881 TODAY and you will be offered a sample script and then connected to a Senator’s Office.

CT legislators are being threatened

CT Residents: Click here to look up your legislator.  Then call them and give them this message:  I am your constituent, I support the CT gun safety legislation that was passed in 2013, and I thank those legislators who stood with us by voting yes on An Act Concerning Gun Violence Prevention and School Safety. 

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-manufacture

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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The following Senators voted against legislation to reduce gun violence that 90% of Americans supported. Let your voice be heard and contact any or all the Senators below and tell them you want sensible gun legislation now and the status-quo they support is unacceptable!

Senator State NRA Rating Twitter Website
Lamar Alexander Lamar Alexander TN A Tweet the Senator Write the Senator
Kelly Ayotte Kelly Ayotte NH A Tweet the Senator Write the Senator
John Barrasso John Barrasso WY A Tweet the Senator Write the Senator
Max Baucus Max Baucus MT A+ Tweet the Senator Write the Senator
Mark Begich Mark Begich AK D Tweet the Senator Write the Senator
Roy Blunt Roy Blunt MO A Tweet the Senator N/A
John Boozman John Boozman AR A Tweet the Senator Write the Senator
Richard Burr Richard Burr NC A Tweet the Senator Write the Senator
Saxby Chambliss Saxby Chambliss GA A Tweet the Senator Write the Senator
Daniel Coats Daniel Coats IN C+ Tweet the Senator Write the Senator
Tom Coburn Tom Coburn OK A Tweet the Senator N/A
Thad Cochran Thad Cochran MS A Tweet the Senator N/A
Bob Corker Bob Corker TN A Tweet the Senator Write the Senator
John Cornyn John Cornyn TX A Tweet the Senator Write the Senator
Mike Crapo Mike Crapo ID A+ Tweet the Senator Write the Senator
Ted Cruz Ted Cruz TX A+ Tweet the Senator Write the Senator
Michael B. Enzi Michael B. Enzi WY A Tweet the Senator Write the Senator
Deb Fischer Deb Fischer NE A Tweet the Senator Write the Senator;
Jeff Flake Jeff Flake AZ A Tweet the Senator Write the Senator
Lindsey Graham Lindsey Graham SC A Tweet the Senator Write the Senator
Chuck Grassley Chuck Grassley IA A Tweet the Senator Write the Senator
Orrin G. Hatch Orrin Hatch UT A+ Tweet the Senator Write the Senator
Heidi Heitkamp Heidi Heitkamp ND A Tweet the Senator Write the Senator
Dean Heller Dean Heller NV A Tweet the Senator Write the Senator
John Hoeven John Hoeven ND A >Tweet the Senator Write the Senator
James M. Inhofe James M. Inhofe OK A+ Tweet the Senator Write the Senator
Johnny Isakson Johnny Isakson GA A >Tweet the Senator N/A
Mike Johanns Mike Johanns NE A Tweet the Senator Write the Senator
Ron Johnson Ron Johnson WI A Tweet the Senator Write the Senator
Mike Lee Mike Lee UT A Tweet the Senator Write the Senator
Mitch McConnell Mitch McConnell KY A Tweet the Senator Write the Senator
Jerry Moran Jerry Moran KS A Tweet the Senator Write the Senator;
Lisa Murkowski Lisa Murkowski AK A >Tweet the Senator Write the Senator
Rand Paul Rand Paul KY A Tweet the Senator Write the Senator
Rob Portman Rob Portman OH A Tweet the Senator Write the Senator
Mark L. Pryor Mark L. Pryor AR C- Tweet the Senator Write the Senator
James E. Risch James E. Risch ID A Tweet the Senator Write the Senator
Pat Roberts Pat Roberts KS A Tweet the Senator N/A
Marco Rubio Marco Rubio FL B+ Tweet the Senator Write the Senator
Tim Scott Tim Scott SC A Tweet the Senator Write the Senator
Jeff Sessions Jeff Sessions AL A+ Tweet the Senator Write the Senator
Richard C. Shelby Richard C. Shelby AL A+ Tweet the Senator Write the Senator
John Thune John Thune SD A+ Tweet the Senator Write the Senator
David Vitter David Vitter LA A Tweet the Senator Write the Senator
Roger F. Wicker Roger F. Wicker MS A+ Tweet the Senator Write the Senator

 

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Nine Month Sandy Hook Anniversary Trip to Washington D.C.

Join Us In Washington, D.C.!

September 14th marks the nine month anniversary of the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. According to Slate’s estimate as of August 30, 2013, ~ 7,653 Americans have been killed by guns since Newtown (excluding suicides).  The casualties of gun violence grow each and every day and there has been no federal action taken by 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 lives of 7,653 killed by guns since that day, the Newtown Action Alliance is traveling to Washington D.C. with gun violence survivors and victims from Chicago, Aurora, Oak Creek, Hartford come to DC to be heard on September 17th and 18th to participate in the following activities:

Attend Senator Durbin’s Stand Your Ground Hearing:

Hearing Before the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Human Rights:

Date: September 17, 2013

Time: 10:00 a.m.

Location: Dirksen Senate Office Building Room 226

(Room location is tentative; please check Senate Judiciary Committee website to confirm – http://www.judiciary.senate.gov/)

Speak Directly To Congress:

On September 17th in the afternoon and throughout the day on September 18th , members of the Newtown Action Alliance and other advocates from across the nation will meet with both Democratic and Republican  congressional leaders.

Deliver Important Letters and Lists:

Throughout the two days, we will pound the pavement to visit every congressional office buildings in D.C. to hand-deliver letters to congress demanding background checks and a list of gun violence victims since Newtown.  The background check letter has been signed by over 100 gun violence prevention alliance partners across the country with gun violence prevention organizations from over 25 states.

If your organization is interested in signing the letter then please complete this form:  https://docs.google.com/a/newtownaction.org/forms/d/12HZfMj-g6SIIj_o8lB96yO4gofblklUAFeMYlTQhk2Q/viewform

Press Conference with Legislators:

We will be holding a press conference with key congressional leaders at noon on September 18, 2013 in the Capitol Building.  Please review the video from our 6-month D.C. press conference:

Tentative Schedule:

September 16, 2013
  • Out of state guests will arrive (some Newtown NAA members will greet out of state guests)
September 17, 2013
  • 6AM Advocates from Newtown, surrounding towns and urban areas in CT will travel down to DC-expected arrival time between 12:30-1PM
  • 10:00AM Stand Your Ground Hearing-Dirksen Senate Office Building Room 226
  • 12:30-1:30 Quick meeting at Methodist building to meet our groups
  • 1:30-6:00PM Meetings with legislators
  • 6:00PM Return to hotel
  • 7:00PM Dinner at the hotel
  • 8:00PM Social at the hotel
 September 18, 2013
  • 7:00AM Breakfast at hotel
  • 8:00AM Departure to the Capitol
  • 9:00AM-Noon Meeting with legislators
  • Noon-NAA Press Conference in Room us SVC 203-02
  • 1:00PM-6:00PM Additional legislative meetings
  • 6:00PM Newtown contingent will travel back home.
  • Out of state guests will travel back home.

Please Help Make Everyone’s Voices Be Heard by Donating :

The NAA is helping other family members from cities like Chicago, Aurora, Oak Creek, and Hartford come to DC to be heard, and we ask you to help give other gun violence victims a voice by making a donation today:

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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 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!

Thanks for Supporting a Successful Event

 Video of our Human Ribbon Event on the Mall in DC

Article and video of visit to Senator Manchin

http://www.theday.com/article/20130614/MEDIA0101/130619768


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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:

      • 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:

WHAT:
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.

WHO:
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)

WHEN:
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.