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This week marks the one-year anniversary of the Newtown, Connecticut, school shooting. The labor community took a moment to remember those who fell that day and call for common-sense gun legislation.

American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten took a moment Friday to remember:

The pain and tragedy of what happened last year on Dec. 14 at Sandy Hook Elementary School will never be forgotten. But in that tragedy, we saw angels—educators who dedicated their lives to helping our children reach for the stars—give their lives in the service of our children. . . .

Today we remember the 26 children and educators we lost, and we must recommit ourselves to ensure that every school is a safe sanctuary for our children. Today we honor Newtown and choose love.

On Thursday, members of the Service Employees International Union gathered in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, for a candlelight vigil to honor Newtown and call for passage of House Bill 1010. This bill would close a loophole that exempts private sales of firearms from background checks. Wendell Royster, Vice President of SEIU Healthcare PA, reminded the attendees that health care workers are often those who see the reality of gun violence first hand, "People who are the victims of shootings end up in hospitals or nursing homes all the time."

Lancaster Mayor Rick Gray was also in attendance.

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