Independence recognizes its first National Gun Violence Awareness Day within the city

Independence recognizes its first National Gun Violence Awareness Day within the city

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From left to right: Mothers Demand Action members Erin Dickinson and Andrea Kovesdi; Mayor Anthony Togliatti presenting proclamation for National Gun Violence Awareness Day. (Photo courtesy of Darlynn Velotta) INDEPENDENCE, Ohio—June 7th was declared National Gun Violence Awareness Day within Independence in a recent city proclamation. This proclamation came about after the efforts of two members of the Mothers Demand Action organization, one of whom is a resident. National Gun Violence Awareness Day began as a response to the shooting and killing of Hadiya Pendleton, a young teenager who marched in former U.S. President Barack Obama’s second inaugural parade. A group of Pendleton’s friends honored her by wearing orange to raise awareness about the dangers of gun violence. It has since grown to be adopted by a coalition of gun violence prevention groups nationwide. One such group is the Mothers Demand Action for Gun Sense in America organization which has chapters throughout the country. According to their website, they are a part of Everytown for gun safety, the largest gun violence prevention organization in the country. The volunteer local group leader for the Cleveland chapter, Molly Crowe, said that the group formed shortly after the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary. It was partly modeled after the Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) group and is made up of all volunteers. Crowe said that the group focuses on policy change and the members work to advance bills that reduce gun violence and oppose those that allow for it. Members travel to […]

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