September, United: Mobilizing With Music


 

September - A #ConcertAcrossAmerica to End Gun Violence

Ohio Coalition Against Gun Violence was thrilled to be a part of the first ever Concert Across America to End Gun Violence this September three wonderful events.

If you weren't able to make it to one of the many events that happened across our state, or you just want to relive the magic, check out the video from our Cleveland and Cincinnati concerts.

 

A special shout out goes to all of the volunteers and professionals who made these events happen not only in Ohio, but across the nation. The Concert Across America united the entire gun violence prevention community with 5,200 musicians at 350 venues in 43 states banding together to bring harmony to our cause and lift our hearts and spirits in the continued fight for safer communities.

This is our America and together we are taking it back - here in Ohio and across the country,

Jennifer Thorne, Executive Director - Ohio Coalition Against Gun Violence

September State Spotlights - Highlights from across the U.S.

Upon hearing that United Way Worldwide secretly reversed their initial decision to shut down a gun raffle in Otero County, NM, New Mexicans to Prevent Gun Violence co-authored an op-ed with former covert CIA ops officer Valerie Plame and launched a broad coalition campaign calling on United Way to #ReverseTheRaffle. [http://huff.to/2dqcX4t]

After a police shooting of a 13-year-old boy involved a toy gun, Jennifer Thorne, Executive Director of Ohio Coalition Against Gun Violence, elaborated on how toy firearms can pose real challenges for law enforcement and parents. [http://bit.ly/2dr2tQS]

In honor of Suicide Prevention Month, Women Against Gun Violence brought together researchers, inventors, experts and legislators for the Firearm Suicide Summit in Los Angeles. [http://bit.ly/2dEMyxz]

Iowans for Gun Safety held its first annual meeting in Grinnell, Iowa, the home of Brownell's, the country's largest gun store. They also shared activities in the communities of Cedar Rapids, Dubuque, and Decorah, and heard about attempts to study the roots of gun violence using resources locally and at the University of Iowa Center for Injury Prevention.

Rev. Nancy Nord Bence, Executive Director of our affiliate Protect Minnesota, talked to the Minnesota Post about gun violence prevention and the need to reduce suicides by gun. (82% of MN gun deaths are suicides). [http://bit.ly/2dLV5Tn]

 

Thanks to coalition support and Maine Gun Safety Coalition volunteers who knocked on doors & made phone calls to educate Maine voters about gun violence, a new poll shows that 61% of Mainers favor background checks on all gun sales. [http://bit.ly/2dEDhu5]

The tireless efforts of Michigan Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence, led by Executive Director Linda Brundage, were featured in a Michigan blog about how gun violence is an election issue that cannot be ignored this year. [http://bit.ly/2d9kIZR]

In response to gun extremists hanging/burning an effigy of Governor Kate Brown on the steps of the Oregon State Capitol, Ceasefire Oregon released a statement calling Oregon’s leaders from all political parties to join them in condemning this reprehensible action. [http://bit.ly/2dEJwcC]

It was a good night for gun violence prevention in Rhode Island, as powerful pro-gun candidates were defeated in Rhode Island elections. Among the winners was Linda Finn, a founding member of Rhode Island Coalition Against Gun Violence. [http://bit.ly/2cO89lA]

 

Texas Gun Sense co-authored a comprehensive and informative guide with Gun Free UT on how to get gets off college campuses with legislative and grassroots activism. [http://huff.to/2dr05cP]

#GrassrootsGVP - Tweets from our network

@CeasefireOregon: #ConcertAcrossAmerica #PDX #GrassrootsGVP Thanks to all the Oregon GVP groups! You made this a great event! 

 

@WAGVYesterday we participated in the LA March for Justice For Murdered Children. #GrassrootsGVP #72daysofaction

 

@SUPGVNetwork: From sea to shining sea. All the #ConcertAcrossAmerica events from our #GrassrootsGVP state affiliates are our #TuesdayMotivation!

@ohioceasefireOur Executive Director sharing some #GrassrootsGVP during the talk back session after "Tower" @GatewayFC

 

@stophandguns120,560 victims of gun violence since the Sandy Hook shooting. #GrassrootsGVP