"Stand Against Violence Effectively"

Tuesday, Feb 26, 2013 at 7:00pm

First Presbyterian Church

1 West Putnam Avenue, Greenwich, CT

interfaithcouncil.org

Free

The Interfaith Council of Southwestern Connecticut is partnering with the newly formed Greenwich Council on Gun Violence to sponsor its second regional “Stand Against Violence Effectively” community gathering. The event takes place on Tuesdsay, February 26, 7 pm at the First Presbyterian Church in Greenwich (1 West Putnam Avenue at Lafayette Place).

The evening will include a screening of Living for 32, a film produced by Maria Cuomo Cole about Virginia Tech shooting survivor Colin Goddard, who has gone on to become an activist promoting stronger and safer gun laws. Ron Pinciaro, the Executive Director of Connecticut Against Gun Violence (CAG) , will offer an update about proposed legislation in Connecticut this year, and State Senator L. Scott Frantz will also speak.

After the presentations, participants will be invited to join action groups to strategize different ways to address violence – some of these will include organizing the faith communities, planning further rallies and public events, actions to contact legislators as well as opportunities for more conversation with Senator Frantz and other speakers.

The Interfaith Council is planning this event to engage public conversation and strategy on this moral and public health issue. The massacre of schoolchildren and educators in Newtown has brought the issue to the surface for many who are now ready to make the passage of better gun laws a priority. The IFC has collected 350 signatures from clergy around the state supporting stronger gun laws and some restrictions in the sale of weapons and ammunition, and seeks to organize a comprehensive response across southwestern Connecticut, in collaboration with newly formed groups like March for Change, Million Moms and the Greenwich Council on Gun Violence.

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