One Million Moms for Gun Control announced today, Jan. 11, they are sponsoring several major events in January to demand action on new gun control legislation. The organization’s New York City chapters will rally on the steps of City Hall on Jan. 21, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
"Mothers will not rest until there is change. The alarm sounded for us after Sandy Hook, the 16th mass shooting of 2012, and now we are going to deliver our elected officials a wake-up call." —Shannon Watts, founder of One Million Moms for Gun Control
The message of the NYC rally will be of nonviolence and making a safer world for children. Participants of the New York rally will meet at 9:15 a.m. in Cadman Plaza Park in Brooklyn and rally at City Hall at 10:30 a.m.
On Jan. 26, One Million Moms for Gun Control will join the March on Washington for Gun Control. The march, organized by Molly Smith and Suzanne Blue Star Boy shortly after the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn, was originally planned to launch from the Northeast quadrant of the Washington Monument at 10 a.m. In anticipation of a large number of participants, organizers have changed the route.
The March on Washington for Gun Control is now planned to start at the Capitol Reflecting Pool on 3rd St, across from the Indian Museum, progress down Constitution Avenue, and end with a rally at the Washington Monument NE quadrant with speeches and music.
The goal of the March on Washington is to bring demands for common-sense gun control legislation to lawmakers. One Million Moms and March on Washington are seeking a renewal of the ban on assault weapons, a ban on high-capacity ammunition magazines and background check requirements for all gun purchases.
Local city chapters of One million Moms for Gun Control are planning local rallies for members unable to make the trip to the nation’s capitol. The Massachusetts/Greater Boston Area Chapter announced yesterday plans to rally at the State House in Boston on Jan. 26.
One Million Moms is also launching a social media campaign called “How do you wear your heart?” On Jan. 19, supporters will wear a heart pin to show their unity with the organization and its mission. A template for the hearts will be provided at the One Million Moms for Gun Control website. Supporters will be asked to take pictures of themselves wearing their pin and email, or Tweet and Instagram, the photos using the hashtags 1MM4GC, howdoyouwearyourheart and momsdemandaction.
One Million Moms for Gun Control was founded on Dec. 14, 2012 by Indiana mother Sharon Watts. In less than a month, the organization has established nearly 75 branches across the country.