1-Year Background Check Letter to Congress

The Newtown Action Alliance, an all-volunteer grassroots organization was formed weeks after the Newtown tragedy to reduce gun violence through legislative and cultural change. We have been traveling down to Washington D.C. every three months with family members of victims, survivors, community members from Connecticut and from across the nation to meet with legislators and to hand-deliver a coalition letter signed by organizations that are interested in working together to send Congress a unified message to expand the background check system.

We are traveling down to Washington D.C. once again on December 11th to hand-deliver the coalition letters and holding a National Vigil for all gun violence victims at the National Cathedral on December 12th.

LETTERS TO CONGRESS:
In April, 60 organizations representing 5.2 million supporters signed onto the letters. In June, during our 6-month trip to D.C., over 80 organizations representing 10.5 million supporters signed onto the letters and in September during our 9-month trip, 125 organizations (with more than 11 million supporters) from more than 30 states signed on. We hope to build the coalition for the one-year anniversary letter to Congress.

LETTER TO THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES:
Dear Honorable ________ :
December 14, 2013 is the one year anniversary of the Newtown shooting. We continue to mourn the senseless loss of innocent children and their educators on December 14, 2012. We also mourn the loss of ______ other Americans who have been killed with guns since December 14, 2012.
We are deeply disappointed that Congress has done nothing to close the dangerous loopholes in our nation’s gun laws to keep Americans safe from gun violence.
Numerous polls consistently demonstrate that ~90% of Americans support universal background checks. We are a coalition of families of victims, survivors, and gun violence prevention groups from across this great nation representing ____million members and we are imploring you to co-sponsor and support H.R.1565 - Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act of 2013.
It is time for Congress to do their job to keep all Americans safe from gun violence. We deserve and demand a vote!
Sincerely,
(LIST OF ORGANIZATIONS)

LETTER TO THE SENATE:
Dear Senator _______ :
December 14, 2013 is the one year anniversary of the Newtown shooting. We continue to mourn the senseless loss of innocent children and their educators on December 14, 2012. We also mourn the loss of _____ other Americans who have been killed with guns since December 14, 2012.
We are deeply disappointed that the Manchin-Toomey Amendment was defeated 54-46. To date, Congress has done nothing to close the dangerous loopholes in our nation’s gun laws to keep Americans safe from gun violence.
Numerous polls consistently demonstrate that ~90% of Americans support universal background checks. We are a coalition of families of victims, survivors, and gun violence prevention groups from across this great nation representing over ___ million members and we are imploring you to resurrect S. 649 Safe Communities, Safe Schools Act of 2013 to support the Manchin-Toomey Amendment No. 715 to protect Second Amendment rights, ensure that all individuals who should be prohibited from buying a firearm are listed in the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, and provide a responsible and consistent background check process.
It is time for Congress to do their job to keep all Americans safe from gun violence.
Sincerely,

ORGANIZATIONS THAT HAVE SIGNED THE LETTERS TO CONGRESS:
20 Children
Advocates for Safe and Sound Gun Laws
American Federation of Teachers
American Mother
Americans Against Gun Violence
Americans for the Protection of Children
Arizonans for Gun Safety
Arkansans Against Guns On Campus
Art=Ammo. Artists Against Gun Violence
Bend the Arc Jewish Action
Bergen County Coalition To Prevent Gun Violence
Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and its Million Mom March and Brady Campaign Chapters
Campaign to Close the Gun Show Loophole
Ceasefire Oregon
Ceasefire PA
Ceasefire Uptown
Chicago's Citizens for Change, Inc.
Child Welfare Leauge of America
Citizens for Gun Violence Prevention
Citizensfor Responsible Gun Laws, Pinellas County, Florida
Citizens for Safer Communities
Citizens for Safety
Citizens For Sensible Gun Policy
Citizens for Smart Gun Ownership
Cleveland School Remembers
Coalition Against Gun Violence
Coalition for Peace Action
Coalition to Stop Gun Violence
Colorado Ceasefire
Colorado Ceasefire Capitol Fund
Common Sense Reform
Community Renewal Society
Concerned Citizens Against Gun Violence (CCAGV)
Congress2
Connecticut Against Gun Violence
Diversity Works! Inc.
Doctors for America
End the Madness Now
Faith Community of St. Sabina
Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence
Families4peace
Florida Youth Take Action Against Gun Violence
Georgia Gun Sense Coalition
Grandmothers Against Gun Violence
Grandmothers for a Brighter Future
Greenwich Council Against Gun Violence
Gun Owners for Gun Laws
GunControlToday
GunFreeKids.org
Gunsense, the Blog
GunSenseVT
HIAS Chicago
Hoosiers Concerned About Gun Violence
Hunterdon United for Gun Safety
Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence
Iowans for Gun Safety
It Can Happen Here
JAC
Jewish Council for Public Affairs
Jewish Women International
Latin America Working Group
Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence
League of Young Voters
Maine Citizens Against Handgun Violence
Marylanders to Prevent Gun Violence
Million Hoodies Movement for Justice
Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America
MomsRising.org
Montana Hunters For Gun Sense
MoveOn.org Boston Coordinating Council
National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
National Council of Jewish Women
National Education Association
National Kids Association
National Physicians Alliance
New Castle Promise
New Mexicans for Gun Safety
New Yorkers Against Gun Violence
Newtown Action Alliance
Newtown for Change
NJ Residents For Action
Oakton-Fairfax (VA) Alliance Against Gun Violence
Occupy the NRA
OFA NoVA Fairfax
Ohio Coalition Against Gun Violence
One Million Moms and Dads Against Gun Violence
Oregon Alliance to Prevent Gun Violence
Organizing for Action/Franklin County-Roanoke VA
Pacem in Terris
Parents Against Gun Crime
Prince William County Alliance to End Gun Violence
ProgressNow
Project End Gun Violence
Project for Safer Communities New Hampshire
Protect Minnesota: Working To End Gun Violence
Protest Easy Guns
Puma Springs Vineyards
Reston Herndon Alliance to End Gun Violence
Sandy Hook Promise Action Fund
SAVE Another LIFE
Sisters United
States United to Prevent Gun Violence
Stop Handgun Violence
Stow Democratic Town Committee
Students for Gun Free Schools
Teachers for Gun Control
Teachers for Gun-Free Schools
Team 26
Texas Gun Sense
The Connecticut Effect
The ENOUGH Campaign
Trinity Against Gun Violence
Trinity Herndon Gun Violence Prevention Group
Union for Reform Judaism
Unitarian Universalist Legislative Ministry of NJ
United Physicians of Newtown
Utah Gun Violence Prevention Center
Utah Parents Against Gun Violence
Virginia Center for Public Safety
Washington CeaseFire
Washington Office on Latin America
West Virginia Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Western Loudoun OFA
Wisconsin Anti-Violence Effort
Women Against Gun Violence
Women's Voices Raised for Social Justice---St. Louis MO

STATES REPRESENTED ON THE LETTERS TO CONGRESS:
Arizona
Arkansas
California
Colorado
Connecticut
Florida
Georgia
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Minnesota
Missouri
Montana
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
Ohio
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Texas
Utah
Vermont
Virginia
Washington
West Virginia
Wisconsin

Please complete this Google form if your organization is interested in joining our coalition:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/12HZfMj-g6SIIj_o8lB96yO4gofblklUAFeMYlTQhk2Q/viewform

Thank you for your support.

Sincerely,
Po Murray
Vice Chairman, Newtown Action Alliance & The Newtown Foundation
NewtownAction.org | NewtownFoundation.org
PO Box 3325, Newtown CT 06470 | 203-270-8774

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