Children should not be systematically penalized because of gun violence. We have an ethical obligation to implement fair, evidence-based policy that places the burden of gun violence not on vulnerable children but on the adults who enable and profit from it.
The presence of armed guards where children and youth spend the bulk of their time runs counter-intuitive to education and to offering safe spaces for kids to learn and grow. Having armed guards or SROs at our schools has not proven to prevent gun violence and would set a dangerous precedent.
It has come to our attention that there is a petition circulating in support of armed guards/ SROs in and around our Stamford schools. With the above counter-petition, we are urging the Stamford Board of Education and Office of the Superintendent to consider alternative ideas to preventing gun violence.
Please read and sign this petition ASAP.
Then, please attend with us the next regular Stamford Board of Ed meeting, which is scheduled for Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at 7:00 PM at the Stamford Government Center, 888 Washington Blvd, 5th floor. Public comment will be allowed.
We urge you to please attend this meeting to say NO to armed guards in our Stamford Public Schools.
Nearly three thousand participants came together in Stamford, Connecticut, calling on legislators to act on issues of active shooters, gun violence, and school safety during a March For Our Lives rally at Mill River Park on Saturday, March 24, 2018.
Stamford Advocate: Thousands Participate in March For Our Lives
Local Students to Lead March for Our Lives, Address Gun Violence and Demand Change
WHAT: March to call on lawmakers to prioritize students' lives & safety and pass common-sense gun safety legislation
WHO: Mayor David Martin, Stamford Students, SUPER, Moms Demand Action Stamford, Women on Watch, The ENOUGH Campaign, CT Against Gun Violence, Everytown Survivor Network,
WHEN: Saturday, March 24, 2018, 12:00 Noon - 2:00 PM
WHERE: Mill River Park, Downtown Stamford, Washington Blvd. & Broad Street entrance
#MarchForOurLives Rally Planned for Saturday, March 24, 2018 at 12-2pm, Downtown Stamford In Response to the Parkland, Florida School Shooting
Mayor David Martin to join students and community leaders in expressing concern for community safety and the well-being of Stamford's youth
STAMFORD - Students and families plan to join people across the nation for a sibling march of the #MarchForOurLives event on Saturday, March 24, 2018 at Mill River Park in downtown Stamford from 12:00 Noon- 2:00 PM. The movement calls on lawmakers to make students' lives and safety a priority by passing common-sense gun safety legislation.
Joining more than 800 marches across the country, the event will consist of local leaders and youth who will be speaking and performing to express their concerns, which range from gun violence to school safety to lockdown and active shooter fears. #MarchForOurLives grew out of the groundswell of young activists who were moved after 17 people were shot and killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on February 14, 2018.
The Stamford #MarchForOurLives is being led by students who hail from Stamford and neighboring towns and attend schools including Westhill, AITE, Stamford High School, Rippowam Middle School, Greenwich High School and more. Joining them will be Mayor David Martin and other community leaders.
The Stamford #MarchForOurLives is the only official march of its kind in Fairfield County. While it is youth-led, it is not limited to students; this first-of-its-kind rally is for and by everyone who is concerned about the epidemic of gun violence in our communities, and all are welcome.
Stamford student and march organizer Alyssa Goldberg of SUPER (Student Union For Political Expression and Representation), a multi-school, student-led organization in Stamford, says, "When a tragedy like Parkland strikes, it brings everyone's attention to the issue at hand. Usually the anger fades, but this time, we're not going to let it be pushed to the side. I hope that through both local and large scale activism, we can achieve the changes in gun violence and gun control we wish to see."
Kristin O'Neill, the lead for the new Moms Demand Action Stamford states, "In the United States, seven children or teens are killed, everyday, as a result of gun violence. Each day 40 children or teens are injured by a gun. This is unacceptable. The young people of our community have the right to voice their thoughts and opinions on gun violence in a forum where they will be heard by the media and legislators. Young people will enact change. Moms Demand Action is helping to host the March for Our Lives to give them this much deserved opportunity."
The students will express themselves through speeches, poems, and music, with brief introductions by community leaders. The kids also plan to create a memorial for the event, hoping to make a lasting visual impact. They are encouraging attendees to create handmade signs and bring photos of loved ones lost to gun violence.
"WomenOnWatch [WOW] has been working with Connecticut Against Gun Violence for almost ten years hoping to see some Congressional progress on sane gun legislation," explains Joan Kranz of her progressive Stamford-based organization. "On March 24th WOW will be marching proudly along side our young people. Hopefully, the federal government will finally stop jumping every time the NRA tells them what to do."
Partnering with the student-driven SUPER network of youth leaders is Moms Demand Action Stamford, Everytown Survivor Network, Women On Watch, Connecticut Against Gun Violence, and The ENOUGH Campaign.
"Our kids are tired of being a part of the lockdown generation and are demanding to be heard," says Shira Tarantino, ENOUGH board member. "More than one half million people have been killed or injured by guns since the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012. Our youth has been deeply affected by this ongoing epidemic of gun violence, whether it's school shootings, domestic violence, suicide, or negligence. The kids who are leading us in this march are incredibly inspiring, and they are the key to a future free from gun violence."
The group has a Go Fund Me page to help offset the costs of the rally in support of preventing gun violence in our community.
For more information and to RSVP, please visit MarchForOurLives.com.
SUPER (Student Union For Political Expression and Representation) is a student body which seeks to empower students to express their ideas so that they be represented politically in an attempt to change policy for the safety of the student betterment at large.
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 School, Moms Demand Action has established a chapter in every state of the country and, along with Mayors Against Illegal Guns and the Everytown Survivor Network, it is part of Everytown for Gun Safety, the largest gun violence prevention organization in the country with more than three million supporters and more than 125,000 donors. For more information or to get involved visit www.momsdemandaction.org.
Everytown Survivor Network brings together Americans who have been personally affected by gun violence to work together to fight for solutions to prevent the gun violence that kills 91 Americans and injures hundreds more every day. The Survivor Network connects people who have been shot and loved ones of those who have been shot or killed to build community and empower survivors to become advocates and leaders in the gun violence prevention movement. To learn more about Everytown's work with survivors or to join the Survivor Network, please visit www.everytown.org/survivors.
Women On Watch (WOW) is a grassroots political initiative promoting awareness, advocacy and action relating to key local and national issues. www.facebook.com/wow4womenonwatch
The mission of The ENOUGH Campaign is to protect our families and our country as we advocate for more public awareness on the issues of gun violence prevention in America. Through legislative advocacy and community education, we champion stronger gun laws and aim to transform public perceptions of gun safety. The ENOUGH Campaign is a proud member of the Newtown Action Alliance. www.theENOUGHcampaign.com
The Connecticut Against Gun Violence (CAGV) mission is to identify, develop, and promote passage of legislation designed to enhance gun safety. CAGV will pursue this mission at the local, state of Connecticut, and national levels through the political process. www.cagv.org
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