At Woven, we like to emphasize what’s going right with nonviolence and shine a light on our push for a peaceful world. Below are highlights on the progress being made by March for Our Lives, Everytown for Gun Safety, and Senator Chris Murphy. Take a look, we think you’ll share our optimism.
March for Our Lives’ Peace Plan
March for Our Lives has 357,000 followers on Instagram. Leading from youth. When they vote we will feel a seismic shift toward nonviolence in our lifetime.
Here is their Plan:
The next President must act with a fierce urgency to call this crisis what it is: a national public health emergency. They must acknowledge that the level of gun violence in the U.S. is unprecedented for a developed nation – and only bold, new solutions can move the needle on the rates of gun injuries and deaths. They must recognize that gun violence has many faces in our communities, from rural suicides to intimate partner violence to urban youth violence to violence driven by white supremacist ideologies. And they must commit to holding an unpatriotic gun lobby and gun industry accountable, not just for weakening our nation’s gun laws, but also for illegal behavior in self-dealing that offends and contradicts America’s vast majority of responsible gun owners.
We believe in C.H.A.N.G.E. – six bold steps that the next Presidential Administration and Congress must take to address this national gun violence epidemic:
Everytown for Gun Safety
Everytown for Gun Safety has 852,000 followers on Instagram. With thousands and tens of thousands of “likes” Everytown keeps gun safety in our collective consciousness and lets lawmakers know nonviolence is our birthright.
Here’s what they’re talking about:
Walmart has announced that it will prohibit open carry and limit ammunition sales in its stores — a step the retailer is taking after ongoing conversations about increasing store public safety with Everytown and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, and after years of public pressure from gun violence prevention advocates.
Moms Demand Action (197k followers) volunteers have been asking Walmart to block open carry in its stores since the 2014 shooting death of John Crawford III in an Ohio Walmart, a call for action that intensified after last month’s mass shooting at an El Paso Walmart.
Senator Chris Murphy
In September, Chris Murphy went to Las Vegas to join Gabby Giffords, and the student activists from March for Our Lives to host a presidential candidate forum. Nine of the leading Democrats running in 2020 came to Las Vegas to talk to hundreds of anti-gun violence activists about their plans to make our nation safer from the epidemic of gun deaths plaguing our country.
Everyone with the Giffords organization and March for Our Lives was thrilled with the event, and Chris Murphy shared their excitement. In his opening remarks, Senator Murphy talked about the great change movements in history books were not the ones that gave up when their cause was met with failure or adversity. The great change movements that get chapters written about them in history books are the ones that do not give up when they don’t meet early success, confident that the righteousness of their cause will prevail over time.
In the years after the Sandy Hook massacre, the movement was young and still getting its footing, and we often felt very alone in pushing anti-gun violence measures in Congress. Now, our movement is more powerful than the gun lobby, and this forum, with nine candidates for president eager to curry favor from anti-gun violence activists, is the proof.
We are grateful for Senator Murphy’s persistence. #thisispeace