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More than 150 Houses of Worship Across the Country to Hold Gun Prevention Sabbath This Weekend

Lifelines to Healing

PICO National Network

January 18, 2013

Media Advisory:

January 17, 2013

Contact: Adam Muhlendorf, Rabinowitz/Dorf Communications, adam@rabinowitz-dorf.com; (202) 641-6216

 

More than 150 Houses of Worship Across the Country to Hold Gun Prevention Sabbath This Weekend

Congregant families to share photos of loved ones lost to gun violence

WASHINTON – From New York to California, Michigan to Louisiana, more than 100,000 worshippers in more than 150 religious congregations across the county are this weekend participating in a national ‘Gun Prevention Sabbath,’ where family members will display photos of loved ones lost to gun violence and clergy will call on the faithful to advocate for an actionable plan to prevent gun violence. The Gun Prevention Sabbath is open to media and coverage is welcome. Video, photo and interview opportunities will be available. Media are encouraged to RSVP to attend services.

The Gun Prevention Sabbath is being organized by the PICO National Network’s Lifelines to Healing Campaign, a faith-based effort to reduce gun violence in the nation’s inner cities, in partnership with Mayors Against Illegal Guns. Houses of worship from all faiths and denominations are expected to take part, including Riverside Church in New York City, Mother Bethel AME Church in Philadelphia, Second Ebenezer Baptist Church in Detroit, and Hollywood Adventist Church in Los Angeles. Each community’s mayor has also been invited to attend.

“Religious Americans from all faiths are uniting this weekend to send a resounding message that now is the time for comprehensive action to reduce gun violence in our urban communities,” said Pastor Michael McBride, director of PICO National Network’s Lifelines to healing Campaign that is organizing the Gun Prevention Sabbath. “No community is immune from gun violence. We have all felt the pain of losing someone close to us too soon. This weekend is meant to cherish the memory of our lost loved ones and learn what we can collectively do to keep guns off of our streets and our young people out of the graveyard.”

WHERE:

Please contact Adam Muhlendorf atadam@rabinowitz-dorf.com and (202) 641-6216 for participating congregations.

WHEN:

Friday, January 18 – Sunday, January 20, 2013

Times varying between congregations

PICO National Network is the largest grassroots, faith-based organizing network in the United States. PICO works with 1,000 religious congregations in more than 200 cities and towns through its 60 local and state federations. PICO and its federations are non-partisan and do not endorse or support candidates for office. PICO urges people of faith to consult their faith traditions for guidance on specific policies and legislation. Learn more at www.piconetwork.org.

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