VALENTINE’S DAY RALLY IN SUPPORT OF SAFER, RATIONAL GUN LAWS AT HARTFORD STATE CAPITOL FEATURES GOVERNOR MALLOY, CELEBRITY EMCEE CHRISTINE BARANSKI AND FAMILIES FROM SANDY HOOK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL:
MARCH FOR CHANGE, a Bi-Partisan, Grassroots Organization and a Program ofCT Against Gun Violence Hosts February 14th Rally in Hartford, CT
Several elected officials, including Governor Dannel Malloy, Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman, Attorney General George Jepsen, Senate President Donald Williams, Senate Minority Leader John McKinney, House Minority Leader Lawrence F. Cafero Jr. and Mayor Bill Finch, Bridgeport, will participate in the March for Change on Thursday, February 14th at the North Steps of the State Capitol Building in Hartford at 11:00am to affirm their support of safer, rational, common sense legislative changes in the current gun laws in the State of Connecticut.
Participants will also include two individuals from urban communities who have experienced gun violence first-hand, as well as families of the victims from Sandy Hook Elementary School. Colin Goddard, who survived the massacre at Virginia Tech and currently works at the Brady Campaign and Stephen Barton, a survivor of the Aurora, CO massacre and employee of Mayors Against Illegal Guns will also speak at the February 14th rally. Two members of clergy, symbols of the peaceful and respectful tone and tenor of the rally, will offer inspiration words to the assembled crowd, expected to exceed 2500 people. Marina Belica and Julie Flanders of October Project, will sing their beautiful and haunting song “Return to Me” as a personal tribute.
This event is produced by March for Change, a program of CT Against Gun Violence, to give advocates an opportunity to coalesce and present a unified voice in the bi-partisan effort to make legislative change in Connecticut’s gun laws.
WHAT: MARCH FOR CHANGE
WHEN: THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 14th, 11:00am – 1:00pm
WHERE: HARTFORD STATE CAPITOL
North Steps overlooking Bushnell Park
Complete list of participants follows:
Governor Dannel Malloy
Celebrity Host/Emcee: Christine Baranski
Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman
Attorney General George Jepsen
Senate President Donald Williams
Senate Minority Leader John McKinney
House Minority Leader Lawrence F. Cafero Jr.
Mayor Bill Finch, Bridgeport
Veronique Pozner, mother of Noah Pozner, Sandy Hook
Jillian Soto, sister of Victoria Soto, Sandy Hook
Henrietta Beckman, Mothers United Against Violence (son Randy was shot and killed 10 years ago)
Robert Thompson (father of 14-year old Justin, who was shot and killed in Bridgeport walking home from a party in 2012)
Stephen Barton, Mayors Against Illegal Guns and survivor, Aurora, CO massacre
Colin Goddard, the Brady Campaign and survivor, Virginia Tech massacre
Marina Belica and Julie Flanders, October Project
Rabbi Shaul Praver, Adath Israel, Newtown
Rev. Mia Douglas, Faith Congregational Church, Hartford
Ron Pinciaro, CT Against Gun Violence
Nancy Lefkowitz and Meg Staunton, March for Change