Mayor David Martin speaks about gun violence at the #WearOrange press conference, kicking off National Gun Violence Awareness Day with high school students from Stamford looking on.
Photo: Bernie Weiss
CITY MOURNS LOST YOUTH A DAY AFTER HE WAS SHOT AND KILLED
STAMFORD -- More than one hundred community members came out to support peace at the June 1 #WearOrange press conference which ushered in a weekend of National Gun Violence Awareness Day events.
In a devastating twist, the planned event followed a local tragedy of 18-year old Tony Robinson, Stamford Academy student and high school football player, who was shot and killed on the West Side of Stamford just hours before the press conference was to take place. Tony was days away from graduation at Stamford Academy.
Carl Michel, executive producer of the Youth Empowerment Show lead off the press conference with a moment of silence to honor Tony.
Quoting one of the greatest peacemakers of our time, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Mr. Michele reminded us that "Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that."
The moment of silence for Tony and all whom we have lost to gun violence was followed by Stamford Mayor David Martin, Senator Richard Blumenthal, Congressman Jim Himes, Wil Joseph of Hoops4All, Jeremy Stein of CT Against Gun Violence, Ann Rosenbaum of WOW-Women On Watch, Kristin O'Neill of Moms Demand Action Stamford, and Shira Tarantino of The ENOUGH Campaign.
But some the most powerful messages came from our own Stamford students. Will Ramsey, Audrey Molina, Isabella Sorial, and Alyssa Goldberg poured their hearts out, touching on reoccurring themes of fear of shootings in school and sadness at the state of youth in crisis. But they also expressed an unbridled excitement to vote in elections for the first time ever and brought a renewed sense of passion to the local movement and hope for a peaceful future.
The ENOUGH Campaign thanks everyone who came out for the #WearOrange events this past weekend June 1-3, including Moms Demand Action Stamford, WOW - Women On Watch, Greenwich Council Against Gun Violence, March For Our Lives Stamford student organizers, and the Office of the Mayor of Stamford.
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Photo above: President Obama speaks in Hartford, CT.
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