As I sit home listening to fireworks going on outside, it occurs to me that in many neighborhoods in America, it would be gun shots I’d be hearing. As our nation celebrates freedom and independence, the sad reality is that we are not free from fear of gun violence, because our government is not independent from the gun lobby’s control.
There have been so many grievous shootings lately, nationally and here at home, that it’s hard to keep track of them all. Instead of spending all our time reacting to each incident, the leadership of Protect Minnesota has decided to keep working proactively, towards our ultimate goals of passing sensible gun laws and preventing similar incidents of gun violence in the future. We invite you to help by participating in two events that will be critical to achieving these goals.
1) Paint It ORANGE! Kick-off Celebration, from 6:00-8:00pm on Thursday, July 13, at the International Institute of Minnesota in St. Paul. This event will raise essential funds for our expansion into Greater Minnesota. With four dangerous gun bills coming back at us next legislative session–and the threat of a Permitless Carry Constitutional Amendment on the ballot in 2018–it’s vital that we identify, organize and mobilize gun violence advocates in rural Minnesota NOW. Tickets are only $25. Click HERE for more information about this fun event and buy your tickets TODAY.
2) Northstar Public Health Conference on Gun Violence, September 13-14, 2017, in Minneapolis. After months of planning, I am so excited to be able to announce that registrations are now open for this important event. Hosted by Protect Minnesota, the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, the Minnesota Public Health Association, and the Nobel Peace Prize Forum, the Northstar Conference will:
- provide a forum for local, regional and national leaders in gun violence prevention to exchange knowledge, insights and experiences;
- highlight and provide a catalyst for new gun violence prevention research;
- provide professionals from across the state with pertinent knowledge and usable tools to implement in their individual work, organizations, and communities;
- raise awareness among Minnesota media and the general population that gun violence is a public health problem for which solutions do exist; and,
- provide practical training for gun violence prevention activists as part of an evening Advocacy Seminar.
Click HERE for more information about the Northstar Conference. I urge you to take advantage of early bird pricing by registering soon. And please pass this information on to like-minded friends.
Let’s keep fighting for freedom from gun violence. Let’s re-dedicate ourselves to achieving our goals, no matter how difficult that may be. And let’s PROTECT MINNESOTA!
Rev. Nancy Nord Bence, Executive Director