20 DAYS-20 ACTIONS
DAY 1: CALL SENATOR FRANK LAUTENBERG 202-224-3224
Please tell the person who answers the phone that you would like to speak with Alexis, the Senator’s staffer who handles gun violence. Tell them you are a supporter of the New Jersey Million Mom March and that you appreciate all that Senator Lautenberg is doing to curb gun violence.
See the Senator’s press release encouraging VP Biden’s Gun Violence Task Force to include his common-sense gun safety solutions:
We are so fortunate that OUR Senator is a LEADER in gun violence prevention measures in Congress. Help Senator Lautenberg send our message to congress by sending him verbal/written support of his constituents in order to back up his claims that this is what America wants. So please take the few minutes to do this TODAY.
DAY 2: SIGN THE LETTER TO CONGRESS
Join victims, survivors and families impacted by gun violence by signing a letter asking every member of Congress to stand with us and fight gun violence.
DAY 3: CALL VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN 202-456-1111
When you call the Vice President’s office, tell them that you are a supporter of the NJ Million Mom March Chapters and that you are hoping for support his strong legislative changes to prevent further gun violence.
DAY 4: CONTACT FAMILY MEMBERS AND FRIENDS
Please take the time to get in touch with family members and friends and let them know that you are taking a stand against gun violence and invite them to join with you. You can pass along the ACTIONS that you have taken the past few days and encourage them to do them also. Ask your friends and family to get online and SIGN every petition they can find urging Congress to act for sensible gun laws.
DAY 5: REACH OUT TO THE FAITH COMMUNITY
The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence and leaders from multiple religious groups have launched a national effort to mobilize the faith community to support policies to fight gun violence.
IF you have a religious affiliation and plan on attending services this weekend, you can personally deliver this message. Look over the web site and download any materials you would like to take with you. You will find a news release announcing the coalition; a national resolution they can be asked to sign and fax; a list of participating organizations.
If services are not on your schedule, please consider checking the internet for the email addresses for ANY faith communities in your area. You can then send them the link and encourage them to get involved.
DAY 6: BE THE ONE MILLIONTH to DEMAND A PLAN
Since the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, over 925,000 people have signed the Demand A Plan petition. YOU could be the 1,000,000th. The Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG) asks you and your friends and family to join a million fellow Americans and Demand A Plan to end gun violence? Here’s how:
▪ Forward this email and ask your friend to sign the petition http://DemandAPlan.org/SandyHook
▪ Share the Demand A Plan petition on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/sharer/sharer.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.demandaplan.org%2Fsandyhook
▪ Tweet about Demand A Plan on Twitter https://twitter.com/intent/tweet?status=One+Million+for+%23Newtown:+Tell+Congress+that+you+%23DemandAPlan+to+end+gun+violence+in+America:+http://demandaplan.org/sandyhook&url=http://demandaplan.org/sandyhook
DAY 7: CALL REPRESENTATIVE RUSH HOLT
On January 3, Rush Holt, House Representative of the 12th District, took the oath of office as a member of the 113th Congress of the United States. On the first day of Congress, he introduced the Handgun Licensing and Registration Act.
If you live in a different district, please ALSO contact YOUR Congressional Representative and encourage them to become a co-sponsor of H.R. 117 -Handgun Licensing and Registration Act of 2013.
PLEASE call Representative Holt’s office to thank him for his continuing effort in preventing gun violence. 202-225-5801
DAY 8: CALL PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA 202-456-1111
Ask him you support common sense gun legislation.
DAY 9: MICHELLE OBAMA 202-456-1111
Call the FLOTUS and ask her to “PLEASE ask the President to PROMISE HE WILL CONTINUE FIGHTING FOR SENSIBLE GUN LAWS.”
DAY 10: CALL HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE CHAIR 202-225-5431
Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), the incoming chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, which oversees gun laws, told Roll Call last month. “… Gun control is not going to be something that I would support.”
We need to CALL HIM and let him know the NJ Million Mom March Chapters of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence hope he did not mean what he said and that he WILL put the public safety of Americans ahead of the narrow interests of the gun lobby and support common-sense measures such as requiring universal background checks on all gun sales and a ban on assault weapons and high capacity magazines.
DAY 11: EVERY SINGLE DAY IS CELEBRATE CHILD APPRECIATION DAY
Instead of Gun Appreciation Day, celebrate CHILD APPRECIATION DAY.
Click on the following links to find out how other gun violence prevention organization are celebrating!
Parents Against Gun Violence
Child Appreciation Day
DAY 12: ANOTHER OUTREACH DAY TO FAMILY MEMBERS, FRIENDS, AND OTHER ORGANIZATIONS
How about walking over to your friendly neighbors’ houses to let them know the stand you are taking against gun violence. If you don’t want to go outdoors try calling.
DAY 13: STAY IN TOUCH WITH US
I would like to ask those of you who did NOT fill in and return the contact form to do so now. IF you don’t have time to give me your contact information, I fear you will not have the time required to move forward in this effort.
(Zip code is very important)
FAX (if you have one):
(If you know it fine; if not, you can look it up or we can help you with that. But this will be important for future ACTIONS)
(IF you would like to tell us why/how you originally got involved, that would be welcomed. We also would like to hear if you have had personal experience with gun violence, either as a survivor or friend/relative of a victim)
DAY 14: JOIN “ORGANIZING FOR ACTION”
President Obama is empowering US to get things done. I recommend that you sign up with ORGANIZE FOR ACTION.
DAY 15: SIGN THIS “GUN CONTROL. NOW.” PETITION
Million Mom March/Brady Campaign Chapters across the country are urging people to read the Background and then sign this Petition: http://signon.org/sign/gun-control-now-1
After you sign the petition, please encourage family members/friends to also sign. They can look for a local Chapter at this site:
DAY 16: READING ASSIGNMENT
As most of you already know, the gun bills that will need to receive the approval of Congress are really facing an uphill battle. Someone asked Vice President Biden on the Fireside Hangout session “how we ever got to this place” where the gun lobby is holding the rest of the American population hostage. Regardless of how we got here, NOW is the time to GET OUT.
Here is what legislators, law enforcement, and victims are saying— that it is up to US to take ACTION.
Rep. McCarthy: Yes, we can do this. Please. Be out there for us!
Sen. Durbin: We can only do as much as the American people will do. They must speak up. We need responsible hunters to step up.
Rep. Blumenthal: Sustain this momentum through hard fight.
Sen. Murphy: ’This is just a feel-good piece of legislation.’ They are right. We WOULD feel good if [listed children's names] could have celebrated Christmas, been able to go to school, were alive today… It WOULD feel good if parents all across this country didn’t have to wake up every morning worrying that without ACTION that their kids were at risk just like those kids in Newtown. This is going to be hard, this is going to be difficult. But to honor those 20 lives and 6 more in Newtown, we ARE going to get it done. In a letter, families of Aroura victims quoted MLK: ”Our lives begin to end the day we remain silent on things that matter.” Our future, our lives, our children matter. Rep. Esty: What happened in Newtown is an unspeakable tragedy; but what happens now is up to us. Newtown has and is paying the price of inaction. It is not just our battle — it is America’s battle. I hope, I pray, and I believe that this horror in a little town of Newtown, CT, is our wake-up call. It is our call as Americans to act and to act now to save lives.
Sen. Feinstein: If anyone asks today “Can you win this?” the answer is “We don’t know; it is so uphill.” There IS one great hope out there, and that is you. Because you are stronger than the gun lobby and you are stronger than the gun manufacturer. But only if you stand up, if America rises up. If people care enough to call every member of the House, every member of the Senate, and say we have had enough. These weapons do not belong on the streets of our towns, our cities, in our schools, in our malls, in our workplaces, in our movie theaters. Enough is enough. We CAN win this. But it depends on America and it depends on the courage of Americans.
NJ MMM (not at press conference!): Are YOU courageous? Are YOU willing to stand up? Are YOU ready to FEEL GOOD? Rest up tonight, because tomorrow we will hit the road running.
DAY 17: MAKE LEGISLATIVE AND FAMILY/FRIEND CALLS
On January 25th, the first day for bills to be introduced in the 113th Congress, U.S. Senator Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) introduced several bills including his bill to ban high-capacity ammunition magazines holding more than 10 rounds. Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY) also introduced several gun-related bills.
You can go onto thomas.loc.gov and, using the bill numbers, find out all the information you want. No bill number had been assigned to Feinstein’s Assault Weapons Ban of 2013 as of this writing, but you can use the Word/Phrase search provision to obtain that tomorrow. Reps. McCarthy and Perlmutter will be introducing a similar bill in the House. Please call these legislators’ offices and THANK THEM. (See DAY 7 for link to Representatives’ contact info)
ANY time you have over the next few weeks should be spent making calls, as Sen. Feinstein said, to EVERY member of the House and the Senate. You should spend time soliciting help from your family members and friends. The more Americans involved in this process, the better chance we have. From the bills’ web sites, you will be able to not only find who sponsored each bill, but who HASN’T co-sponsored the bills. If you know people in NJ or another state where it is not yet co-sponsored, please get in touch and ask them to make THE CALL. Remember, it is important to make calls to THANK the sponsors and co-sponsors as much as it is to ENCOURAGE the others to do so.
DAY 18: CONTACT YOUR NJ ASSEMBLY MEMBERS AND TELL THEM TO SUPPORT BILLS THAT ARE UP FOR A VOTE. THEIR CONTACT INFORMATION CAN BE FOUND BELOW.
Background: On Wednesday February 13, the New Jersey Assembly’s Law & Public Safety Committee voted in favor of 20 proposals for reducing gun violence in the state, doing so over the objections of the many vocal gun rights advocates and NRA supporters in attendance.
It is unprecedented for this many gun violence prevention bills to be moved ahead so quickly.
For these bills to pass on Thursday, February 21, it is essential for each and every one of us to contact our representatives in the NJ State Assembly - their information is listed below. We must let them know that there is support for the bold action they are taking and that the vocal opponents do not represent majority opinion in New Jersey. We have an amazing opportunity to move NJ far along the road to greater safety from gun violence, but we must resolve to do all we can right now to get these bills passed.
Contact your assembly person to express your support of these bills. It is crucial to take action now, via emails, phone calls, or by travelling to Trenton Thursday to show your support in person. Don’t let the angry demonstrators last week be the only voices our legislators hear - hundreds of gun activists are showing up at hearings everywhere, and we need to show that they do not reflect majority opinion.
Your Assembly people are the ones who will be voting on Thursday, but your state Senators also need to hear from you. Montclair is District #34; if you are not sure who to contact, check here:
DISTRICT 26 (Parts of Essex, Morris and Passaic Counties)
SENATOR JOSEPH PENNACCHIO Phone: 973-227-4012
ASSEMBLYWOMAN BETTYLOU DECROCE Phone: 973-265-0057
ASSEMBLYMAN JAY WEBBER Phone: 973-265-0057
DISTRICT 27 (Parts of Essex and Morris Counties)
SENATOR RICHARD J. CODEY Phone: 973-535-5017
ASSEMBLYWOMAN MILA M. JASEY
ASSEMBLYMAN JOHN F. MCKEON
DISTRICT 28 (Part of Essex County)
SENATOR RONALD L. RICE
ASSEMBLYMAN RALPH R. CAPUTO
ASSEMBLYWOMAN CLEOPATRA G. TUCKER
DISTRICT 29 (Part of Essex County)
SENATOR M. TERESA RUIZ
ASSEMBLYMAN ALBERT COUTINHO
ASSEMBLYWOMAN L. GRACE SPENCER
DISTRICT 30 (Parts of Monmouth and Ocean Counties)
SENATOR ROBERT W. SINGER
ASSEMBLYMAN SEAN T. KEAN
ASSEMBLYMAN DAVID P. RIBLE
DISTRICT 31 (Part of Hudson County)
SENATOR SANDRA B. CUNNINGHAM
ASSEMBLYMAN CHARLES MAINOR
ASSEMBLYMAN JASON O’DONNELL
DISTRICT 32 (Parts of Bergen and Hudson Counties)
SENATOR NICHOLAS J. SACCO
ASSEMBLYWOMAN ANGELICA M. JIMENEZ
ASSEMBLYMAN VINCENT PRIETO
DISTRICT 33 (Part of Hudson County)
SENATOR BRIAN P. STACK
ASSEMBLYMAN SEAN CONNORS
ASSEMBLYMAN RUBEN J. RAMOS, JR.
DISTRICT 34 (Parts of Essex and Passaic Counties)
SENATOR NIA H. GILL (Esq.)
ASSEMBLYMAN THOMAS P. GIBLIN
ASSEMBLYWOMAN SHEILA Y. OLIVER Phone: 973-395-1166
DISTRICT 35 (Parts of Bergen and Passaic Counties)
SENATOR NELLIE POU
P hone: 973-247-1555
ASSEMBLYWOMAN SHAVONDA E. SUMTER
ASSEMBLYMAN BENJIE E. WIMBERLY
DISTRICT 36 (Parts of Bergen and Passaic Counties)
SENATOR PAUL A. SARLO
ASSEMBLYWOMAN MARLENE CARIDE
ASSEMBLYMAN GARY S. SCHAER
DISTRICT 37 (Part of Bergen County)
SENATOR LORETTA WEINBERG
ASSEMBLYMAN GORDON M. JOHNSON
ASSEMBLYWOMAN VALERIE VAINIERI HUTTLE
P hone: 201-541-1118
DISTRICT 38 (Parts of Bergen and Passaic Counties)
SENATOR ROBERT M. GORDON
ASSEMBLYMAN TIMOTHY J. EUSTACE
ASSEMBLYWOMAN CONNIE WAGNER
DISTRICT 39 (Parts of Bergen and Passaic Counties)
SENATOR GERALD CARDINALE (D.D.S.)
ASSEMBLYWOMAN HOLLY T. SCHEPISI
ASSEMBLYMAN ROBERT SCHROEDER
DISTRICT 40 (Parts of Bergen, Essex, Morris and Passaic Counties)
SENATOR KEVIN J. O’TOOLE
ASSEMBLYMAN SCOTT T. RUMANA
ASSEMBLYMAN DAVID C. RUSSO
DAY 19: TELL THE PRESIDENT: REDUCING GUN VIOLENCE IS YOUR NUMBER ONE PRIORITY
President Obama’s incredible inaugural address laid out several bold goals for the next four years. NOW, he needs to know what issues are most important to us—so he can tackle those first. Tell President Obama your number one priority! Make your voice heard right away:
Reducing Gun Violence
Defending Equal Rights
Protecting Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security
Solving the Climate Change Crisis
Growing the Economy and Jobs
DAY 20: MAKE A PROMISE, MAKE IT A GOOD ONE!
Make a promise to continue to contact our federal legislators EVERY day until we see some action on the gun violence prevention issues. Make a promise to reach out to others to do the same. You have enough “ammunition” of your own by now to be able to do this confidently. You can check over the ACTIONS for DAYS 1-19 and find phone numbers and web sites to refresh your memory. We are not done, by a long shot. (Isn’t it terrible how many references to guns we use in our everyday language? Ammunition. Shot. sigh) But for today, just MAKE A PROMISE.
THIS WEEK our Congressional Representatives are in their home districts. If you have the time, make an appointment to visit with them and urge them to support the President’s measures. Encourage them to co-sponsor and vote for the bills that have already been introduced. Some may be holding Town Hall meetings. If you can attend one of these, I will gladly send you some pointers on speaking up at such a meeting. Just let me know who is holding the meeting, where and when it is taking place, and request the pointers. Time permitting, I will let you know the voting record of the legislator you are visiting and other pertinent information that I may have. For example:
Congressman Leonard Lance: Milburn Town Hall on February 7th, 2013 from 12:00PM to 2:00PM to answer constituents’ questions. Congressman Lance will be located in the conference room on the 2nd floor of Town Hall.
It appears his interest lies in the mental health aspect of the CT tragedy:
But to see why we MUST make progress on the gun violence issue, just take a look at this article from the New York Times:
Together we CAN make a difference!
NJ Million Mom March