Once again, the Newtown Foundation and the Newtown Action Alliance (with support from Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, Everytown Survivor Network, Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, Organizing for Action, States United to Prevent Gun Violence, St Marks Episcopal Church
and Women’s March on Washington) are planning a series of events in Washington D.C. in December leading up to the 5th anniversary of the Sandy Hook tragedy to honor of ALL victims of gun violence and survivors.
We invite gun violence prevention (GVP) advocates who have been moved to #HonorWithAction to register here to join us in Washington D.C. to participate in the beautiful, memorable and important events outlined below.
TENTATIVE SCHEDULE: TWO-DAY TRIP TO DC
6:00 AM Bus departure from Newtown (& others drive, fly, train or bus in to D.C.)
12:00 PM Arrival in D.C. & welcome lunch with introductions-St Marks Episcopal Church (Address: 301 A St SE, Washington, DC 20003 Phone: (202) 543-0053)
1:30 PM Letter delivery & congressional meetings
5:00 PM Dinner-St Marks Episcopal Church (Address: 301 A St SE, Washington, DC 20003 Phone: (202) 543-0053)
7:00 PM National Vigil for All Victims of Gun Violence at St Marks Church
9:00 PM After-vigil reception at St Marks Church
10:00 PM Bus to hotel: Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill (Only one bus so multiple trips)
7:00 AM Breakfast on your own near hotel
7:30 AM Walk or bus to Capitol Building (Need time to get through Capitol security for the press conference)
10:00 AM Press Conference-Capitol Building (All Families bring their photos of their loved ones)
12:00 PM Lunch-St Marks Episcopal Church (SPEAKER OR FILM TBD)
1:00 PM Letter delivery & congressional meetings
2:00 PM Savoy Book Delivery (SMALL GRP TBD)
5:00 PM Bus departure to Newtown (& others drive, fly, train or bus back home)
IMMEDIATE FAMILY MEMBERS OF GUN VIOLENCE VICTIMS OR SURVIVORS OF GUN VIOLENCE SHOULD NOT COMPLETE THIS FORM. PLEASE USE THE FOLLOWING REGISTRATION FORM INSTEAD. http://bit.ly/2017NationalVigilRegistrationFamiliesSurvivors
REGISTRATION: Please register by November 24th. Registration is required for EACH person attending. If you have others accompanying you, please reload this form when you are finished and complete the form again.
TRANSPORTATION: Advocates from the Newtown area or other areas of Connecticut should travel to D.C. on the complimentary charter bus. Others should make their own travel arrangements. Regrettably, we are not able to provide travel stipends for non-family/survivor advocates traveling from other areas of the nation.
LODGING: We have reserved a block of rooms at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill for December 6th for a negotiated rate. We are able to fund the hotel stay for the Newtown Action Alliance advocates on December 6th for those participating in the two-day events listed in our itinerary. We encourage advocates who belong to other GVP groups to ask their organization to help fund their overnight stay and transportation.
FOOD: Lunch/dinner on Wednesday, December 6th and lunch on December 7th will be provided. Newtown bus travelers: Please bring $ for breakfast on both days and dinner on the way home from D.C. on the 7th. We will stop at a rest area on the way down to D.C. and on the way home to Newtown.
DRESS CODE: Dress code is business casual and please wear comfortable shoes as there will be a fair amount of walking on Capitol Hill.
The 5th annual national vigil service will be held on December 6th from 7:00-9:00PM at St. Marks Episcopal Church on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. This national service will anchor the Nationwide Vigils to #EndGunViolence throughout the 50 states.
Click here to reserve your seat at the 5th Annual National Vigil for All Victims of Gun Violence.
The Newtown Foundation
Newtown Action Alliance
Click on the link to view the vigil program: 2017 National Vigil for All Victims of Gun Violence Program
Élégie by Jules Massenet (Amsco Publications)
Andante from “5th Symphony” Piotr Llitch Tchaikovsky (Amsco Publications) Heartstring by Doug Hammer
Serenade by Franz Schubert (Amsco Publications)
Etude Op. 10 No 3 by Frederick Chopin
Aria by Henry Purcell (arr. Werner Thomas-Mifune)
Velleda C. Miragias, cello; Doug Hammer, piano
The Rev. Michele H. Morgan, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church
Senator Richard Blumenthal, Senator Chris Murphy, and Representative Elizabeth Esty Connecticut Congressional Delegation
“This Land is Your Land”, lyrics by Woody Guthrie and melody based on an old hymn ADAMS Beat Choir of Northern Virginia
CALL TO PRAYER
Rabbi Hannah Spiro, Hill Havirah Synagogue, Washington, DC
Rayyan Syed, All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) Center of Northern Virginia
REMEMBERING THOSE WE HAVE LOST
Families who have lost loved ones and those who have survived gun violence
“Let it Be”, lyrics and music by Paul McCartney Sung by Natalie Merchant Accompanied by Doug Hammer, Pianist
LITANY of REMEMBRANCE
Jackson Mittleman, Jr Newtown Action Alliance
Georgette Brown, Executive Assistant to Co-Presidents of Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence
David Chipman, Senior Policy Advisor of Giffords: Courage to Fight Gun Violence
Sujata Paul-de Leede, Survivor Engagement Lead for Everytown Survivor Network & Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America Taylor Houston, Communications Director of Pride Fund To End Gun Violence
Margaret Ayres, National Cathedral & Steering Committee Member of Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence
Victoria Coy, National Director of States United to Prevent Gun Violence
Amber Goodwin, Founder & Director of Community Justice Reform Coalition
Rachel Graber, Public Policy Manager of National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Sandy and Lonnie Phillips, Founders of Survivors Empowered
Lori Haas, Virginia State Director of Coalition to Stop Gun Violence
Tamika Mallory, Co-President of Women’s March
Tom Campbell, Board Member of Newtown Action Alliance & the Newtown Foundation
“How Many More?”, written and performed by Gordon Thomas Ward Accompanied by Velleda C. Miragias, cello
Jane Dougherty, sister of Mary Sherlach, school psychologist killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School Rev. Sharon Risher, daughter of Mrs. Ethel Lance, killed in the Emanuel AME Church shooting Kate Ranta, survivor of domestic violence
PRAYER OR REMEMBRANCE AND LAMENT
The Rev. Dr. Susan Henry-Crowe,
General Secretary of the General Board of Church and Society of the United Methodist Church
Gregory Jackson, shot and injured in Washington DC Heather Gooze, survivor of the Las Vegas shooting
Kol Nidrei Op. 47 by Max Bruch (Ed. Alexander Lehman) Velleda C. Miragias, cello; Doug Hammer, piano
A CALL TO COMMITMENT
Monsignor John Enzler, President and CEO, Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of Washington, DC
HONOR WITH ACTION
Chris Hurst, former WDBJ7 anchor whose girlfriend Alison Parker was killed on live television in 2015 and delegate-elect from the 12th district of the Virginia House of Delegates
The Rev. Dr. Gayle Fisher-Stewart, Calvary Episcopal Church, Washington, DC Former Washington, DC Metropolitan Police Officer
CANDLE LIGHTING WITH MUSIC
NatioNal Vigil for
“We Shall Overcome”
Musical & lyrical adaptation by Zilphia Horton, Frank Hamilton, Gyy Carawan and Peter Seeger
Sung by Natalie Merchant, multi-platinum singer-songwriter and activist Accompanied by Doug Hammer, Pianist; Velleda C. Miragias, cello
Victims of guN VioleNce
WE COME TOGETHER TO REMEMBER THE 30,000+ LOST EACH YEAR AND PRAY FOR HOPE, PEACE, AND LOVE IN THEIR HONOR.