The historic Rally to Disarm Hate 2016 was held in Washington DC on August 13. It was a great success, with 37 presenters and performers and approximately 1,000 attendees and volunteers. People came from all over the country, and we remember meeting people from Arizona, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Virginia, Colorado, Ohio, Massachusetts, and of course, Washington DC.
The Disarm Hate rally brought public awareness to LGBTQ, African American, and women’s human rights issues within the context of the vital need for gun law reform. Thanks to the speakers, performers, volunteers, attendees, and the rally supporters, we were able to ignite a national discussion about stemming intolerance and promoting gun safety in order to strengthen the backbone of equal opportunity for all.
The collective sponsorship of The ENOUGH Campaign and more than 50 gun violence prevention, LGBTQ, and other social justice organizations elevated the visibility of the rally, bringing local and national media attention to the event.
While each organization represented at the rally has its own unique mission, our common thread that strings us together is that we seek freedom from fear and hate; we work towards recognition and respect of individual freedoms without the sacrifice of the safety of our families, neighbors, or communities.
Safer gun laws provide a foundation for nonviolent communities and help to prevent domestic violence, suicide, hate crimes, and more senseless tragedies.
This was an unforgettable, historic rally. It was an event in which all involved strengthened the movement to disarm hate.
Check out the photos below, and watch the Disarm Hate 2016 Rally LIVE on C-Span!
Disarm Hate 2016 Rally LIVE on C-Span!
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Photo above: President Obama speaks in Hartford, CT.
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