The Newton Action Alliance Releases Public Service Announcement from its Junior Chapter Demanding a Vote to Reduce Gun Violence
For Immediate Release
April 1, 2013
For more information contact:
Po Murray, Newtown Action Alliance
NewtownAction.org | PO Box 3325, Newtown CT 06490 | 203-491-0366
THE NEWTOWN ACTION ALLIANCE RELEASES PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT FROM ITS JUNIOR CHAPTER DEMANDING A VOTE TO REDUCE GUN VIOLENCE
Newtown, CT – Today, The Newtown Action Alliance released a public service announcement (“PSA”) created by its Junior Chapter demanding that the United States Congress vote on proposed legislation designed to reduce gun violence. The PSA also urges other students, and adults to write letters to Congress demanding a vote.
The video can be viewed here: http://newtownaction.org/demand-a-vote/
The Junior Chapter of the Newtown Action Alliance is a grassroots movement of young leaders and future voters, who as a result of growing up amid the dark cloud of gun violence; feel compelled to act to prevent horrific events like what happened on December 14, 2012 at Sandy Hook Elementary School, from happening again. Many of these students spent that tragic, fearful day in lockdown in their schools.
Last week, Newtown students and adults were angered and frustrated to hear that U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), along with Senators Mike Lee (R-UT) and Rand Paul (R-KY) sent a letter to Majority Leader Harry Reid pledging to filibuster and oppose legislation that would reduce gun violence, instead of debating and voting on it. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK) also announced their intent to filibuster and oppose such legislation as well.
In response to the threat of filibuster from these five senators as well as the strong belief in President Obama’s comment at his State of the Union address that “Newtown deserves a vote”, these students felt compelled to demand a vote. Like their adult counterparts, Newtown students are frustrated with inaction in Washington after months of communicating with various lawmakers. They demand a vote on an assault weapons ban, limitations on high capacity magazines, and other sensible gun legislation. These Newtown students are seeking help from adults and students nationwide to help transform their tragedy into meaningful action. The Junior Chapter of the Newtown Action Alliance plans on delivering the letters that they collect to Congress in person.
The letters can be sent to
The Junior Newtown Action Alliance
P.O. Box 3325
Newtown, CT 06470
About The Newtown Action Alliance
The Newtown Action Alliance is an action-based grassroots organization founded by Newtown residents in the weeks after December 14, 2012. We are dedicated to reversing the escalating gun violence epidemic in this nation through the introduction of smarter, safer gun laws and broader cultural change. Our membership is open to anyone who wants to help make this nation a safer place for our families and children. Our immediate goals: support state legislators as they work to pass smarter, safer gun laws; support federal lawmakers as they work to pass smarter, safer gun laws; and work together with other gun safety organizations towards safer schools, streets, towns, and cities. Learn more at http://newtownaction.org/ .