Calling All Clergy and Lay Leaders to Stand For Our Lives - March 14, 2018 - Springfield, MA
WHY: Mass shootings in schools and other public places are just one way that gun violence has a negative impact on the lives of young people (and adults). We are grateful to the courageous and direct leadership of the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL for putting the issue of gun violence front and center of our attention and conversations. We agree, enough is enough. We add our concerns about daily violence in cities and the traumatic stress that comes from growing up in neighborhoods with too frequent, dare-we-say-sinful levels of gun violence. We are grieving, fearful, and angry.
Therefore, ECM joins a movement of community leaders who will be peacefully Standing Up for Our Lives outside Smith & Wesson in Springfield, MA. This is the point of production for the guns used in the mass shooting in Parkland, FL (and Aurora, CO and San Bernadino, CA) and for the guns used most frequently in crimes in cities like Chicago. Smith & Wesson is selling an unsafe product and in the name of consumer safety and protection, we are asking them to stop.
Young people from Boston, Springfield, Holyoke, Worcester and Brookline, together with clergy from across the state, will be bringing those 3 demands directly to the Smith and Wesson headquarters next Wednesday, and they invite you to join us there at 3:15pm. There will be a bus leaving from Boston's South End at 11:30am and returning by 6pm. To sign up for a spot on the bus, to hold a role at the action, or to support this action in other ways, Please fill out this form, and feel free to reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or to get involved.
WHEN: Wednesday March 14, 3:00-4:00pm
WHERE: Headquarters of Smith and Wesson, Roosevelt Ave, Springfield MA
WHO: Coalition of organizations, so far including,
Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts
Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts
B-PEACE for Jorge Campaign, DioMass
Episcopal City Mission
Pioneer Valley Project
Springfield Public School students and teachers
Alumni from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School
Leaders from Massachusetts Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence
Supporters from IfNotNow
We are reaching out to additional organizations, faith groups, politicians and leaders.
WHAT: We have three requests of Smith & Wesson
1) Meet with student leaders
2) Recall all assault weapons immediately; consumer safety is at risk
3) Put a moratorium on selling any new assault weapons until issues of consumer safety are resolved.
WHAT TO WEAR: Bishops will be wearing cassocks.Clergy are asked to wear their appropriate clerical attire. Christian clergy and others are asked to wear purple stoles.
All are asked to wear purple if you feel so moved.