ISLA VISTA, CA – In the wake of the tragic mass shooting at Charleston’s Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church that claimed nine innocent lives, Everytown for Gun Safety, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, faith leaders, gun violence survivors, elected leaders and others will gather in Isla Vista to participate in a National Gun Violence Prevention Sabbath to honor the victims of the Charleston shooting and talk about how people of faith and concerned citizens are uniting to turn grief into action – action that will ultimately help reduce gun violence in America.
The weekend event is part of a larger effort, #RisingforCharleston, in which people of faith and communities around the country will honor those who were killed at Emanuel AME — and the 88 people who die from gun violence every day and hundreds of others injured by gun violence every day in America. More information can be found here.
In just under one week, more than 1,000 faith leaders and members of religious communities have signed up to participate in #RisingforCharleston. National Gun Violence Prevention Sabbath events will take place this weekend in eight cities across the country. Isla Vista event details:
WHAT: Isla Vista Peace Walk & National Gun Violence Prevention Sabbath to honor the victims of the Charleston shooting and talk about how people of faith and concerned citizens are uniting to turn grief into action – action that will ultimately help reduce gun violence in America.
WHEN: Sunday, June 28 at 2:00 p.m.
WHERE: Starting from The Isla Vista Love and Remembrance Garden at People’s Park: 977 Embarcadero Del Norte, Isla Vista, CA 93117
Participants will walk from People’s Park to the University United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, for a special service and program: 880 Camino Del Sur, Isla Vista, CA 93117
ATTENDEES INCLUDE (but not limited to):
Pastor Frank Schaefer, University United Methodist Church
Richard Martinez, whose son Christopher Ross Michaels-Martinez was shot and killed in the May 2014 shooting near UC Santa Barbara and Senior Outreach Associate for Everytown for Gun Safety
California State Senator Hannah Beth Jackson
California State Assemblyman Das Williams
Santa Barbara County Supervisor Salud Carbajal
Santa Barbara Mayor Helene Schneider
Santa Barbara City Councilmember Gregg Hart
Santa Barbara Unified School Board Member Monique Limon
About Everytown for Gun Safety
Everytown is the largest gun violence prevention organization in the country with more than 2.5 million supporters and more than 40,000 donors including moms, mayors, survivors, and everyday Americans who are fighting for public safety measures that respect the Second Amendment and help save lives. At the core of Everytown are Mayors Against Illegal Guns and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a grassroots movement of American mothers founded the day after the Sandy Hook tragedy. Learn more at www.everytown.org and follow us @Everytown
About Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America
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 Elementary School, Moms Demand Action has established a chapter in every state of the country and along with Mayors Against Illegal Guns is part of Everytown for Gun Safety, the largest gun violence prevention organization in the country with more than 2.5 million members and more than 40,000 donors. For more information or to get involved visit www.momsdemandaction.org. Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MomsDemandAction or on Twitter at @MomsDemand