Plan now to join U.S. Rep. Chris Van Hollen, stage and screen actress
Kathleen Turner and thousands of concerned citizens on the National Mall
this Saturday, January 26 for a silent march to support President Obama’s
plan for preventing gun violence and to call on Congress
and state legislators – in the wake of the Newtown gun massacre –
to protect Americans by supporting these initiatives.
The citizen-led March on Washington for Gun Control will unite
parents, pastors, actors, gun-violence survivors, law enforcement officers,
elected officials and others who want what most Americans now want:
Common-sense protections against senseless gun violence.
Joined by Newtown residents, District of Columbia’s Congresswoman
Eleanor Holmes Norton, Mayor Vincent Gray, and Councilmembers
David Grosso, Kenyan McDuffie and Tommy Wells
will lead the March carrying a banner that reads
“When we stand together, we stand a chance.”
Speakers will include U.S. Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.),
Congresswoman Norton, Kathleen Turner,
Marian Wright Edelman, president of the Children’s Defense Fund,
The Very Rev. Dean Hall, Washington National Cathedral
Virginia Tech massacre survivor Colin Goddard
Shannon Watts, founder of One Million Moms for Gun Control
Meghana DeSale, Northeast regional director, Doctors for America, and others.
At 10 a.m., marchers will gather at the U.S. Capitol Reflecting Pool east of Third Street, NW,
across from the National Museum of the American Indian.
At 11 a.m., they will walk in silence along Constitution Avenue to the Washington Monument
carrying hundreds of white signs, each bearing the name of a gun-violence victim.
Unaffiliated with any organization, the March is the brainchild of Washington Arena Stage
Artistic Director Molly Smith, American Indian activist Suzanne Blue Star Boy and other local
volunteer activists. One Million Moms for Gun Control, formed immediately after Newtown,
signed on last week to co-sponsor the event. News of the March has spread through Facebook
(https://www.facebook.com/GunCtrlMarch), Twitter (@GunCtrlMarch) and other social media.
“There is a groundswell of emotion around the massacre at Sandy Hook,” said Smith. “This
March is an opportunity for people to express their grief, demand change and support the
president’s plan. We are at the tipping point.”
The March starting point can be reached via Washington Metrorail stations at Capitol South,
Federal Center SW or Union Station or by parking at Union Station.
For more information:
RSVP on Facebook: http://ow.ly/gPZBb
Twitter: @GunCtrlMarch Hashtag: #GunCtrlMarch
Can’t make it to the March?
Join the OFA phone bank to encourage support of the President’s (and the people’s) agenda.
Saturday, Jan 26 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
MCDCC Headquarters – address below.