(Long Island, NY) New Yorkers Against Gun Violence, The New York Chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, and the New York chapters of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence & Million Mom March will be co-hosting a Walk Across the Hudson for Gun Sense. The walk will take place at the Walkway Over the Hudson starting in Poughkeepsie, NY on Saturday, October 24th at 10:30AM.
“There are over 250 people scheduled to join and march for change this Saturday in the Hudson Valley. We come together, as organizations and as individuals, to show our unwavering support for common sense gun laws like the Safe Storage legislation New Yorkers Against Gun Violence is fighting for in New York State. Collectively, we will use our votes and our voices to change policies that put our families and communities at risk. Each year nearly 120,000 Americans are shot and more than 33,000 die from gun violence. We must demand that our elected leaders take action to stop the carnage,” said Leah Gunn Barrett, Executive Director of New Yorkers Against Gun Violence.
“The New York chapters of Million Mom March and Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence are proud to walk with a growing and determined group of activists striving to prevent gun violence in our country.” said Kim Russell, regional organizing manager for the Brady Campaign. “We must continue to urge our federal lawmakers to expand Brady background checks to cover all gun sales and go after negligent gun dealers nationwide who skirt the law just to make a quick buck.”
“Moms Demand Action members are marching for the 88 Americans who are killed every day due to gun violence. We are marching and raising our voices for common sense gun safety legislation,” said Janina Bandi, the volunteer Chapter Leader for the New York Chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. “Moms are grateful that New York legislators continue to take strides to keep us safe working for gun safety reform both locally and nationally. We hope this march brings attention to the gun violence epidemic in our country and inspires change.”
The walk will take place on Saturday October 24 at the Walkway Over the Hudson at 61 Parker Avenue in Poughkeepsie, NY. There will be speeches from prominent Gun Violence Prevention advocates including Leah Gunn Barrett, the Executive Director of New Yorkers Against Gun Violence, Donna Dees-Thomases, the Founder of the Million Mom March, and Richard Martinez, Senior Outreach Associate for Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, who lost his son to gun violence.
New Yorkers Against Gun Violence is a statewide advocacy group working to reduce gun violence through advocacy and education designed to encourage action, influence public opinion and lead to policy change. With a primary focus on New York State, the organization also advocates at the local and national levels for sensible gun laws, policies and practices that protect New York State residents from gun violence.
Brady Campaign and Million Mom March Chapters are a nationwide network of grassroots volunteers who work for sensible gun laws to protect you, your family and your community. Volunteers are the heart and soul of our organization. They are united by a desire to build a country free from gun violence, where all Americans are safe at home, school, work, and in their communities.
Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America is a grassroots movement of American mothers fighting for public safety measures that respect the Second Amendment and protect people from gun violence. Moms Demand Action campaigns for new and stronger solutions to lax gun laws and loopholes that jeopardize the safety of our children and families. Since its inception after the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Moms Demand Action has established a chapter in every state of the country and along with Mayors Against Illegal Guns is part of Everytown for Gun Safety, the largest gun violence prevention organization in the country with more than 2.5 million members and more than 40,000 donors. For more information or to get involved visit www.momsdemandaction.org. Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MomsDemandAction or on Twitter at @MomsDemand.