Greenwich Council Against Gun Violence leader Jonathan Perloe sent an email today, at my request, reporting on the first weekend of the “Honor Newtown. Make Your Voice Heard” campaign.
“We were extremely pleased with the results…,” he writes. “Our supporters wrote 350 cards to the 24 members of Congress we are focusing on to pass universal background checks. The reception was overwhelmingly positive. The results were so good that we ordered a significant number of additional cards to have enough for the GHS event later this week, some other smaller school-related events during the week and our return to the Avenue next Saturday (weather permitting), on the one-year anniversary of the Sandy Hook shooting.”
There’s still time to make your voice heard. The card-writing campaign that began over the weekend continues this week. On Thursday and Friday, members of the Greenwich High School “Greenwich Against Gun Violence” Club will be asking fellow students to sign cards encouraging members of Congress to support universal background checks as a way of honoring the Newtown victims on this first anniversary of the Sandy Hook massacre. And on Saturday, weather permitting, members of the Greenwich Council will again be collecting signatures from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in front of the old Greenwich Avenue Post Office, at the intersection of Greenwich Avenue and Arch Street.
IN A COMMENT BELOW, JONATHAN PERLOE ADDS THAT IF THERE’S INCLEMENT WEATHER ON SATURDAY, CARDS CAN BE WRITTEN INDOORS AT THE SECOND CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH. CHECK THE GREENWICH COUNCIL AGAINST GUN VIOLENCE FACE BOOK PAGE FOR INFORMATION: https://www.facebook.com/GreenwichCouncilAgainstGunViolence
If you haven’t already written a “Remember Newtown” holiday card to members of Congress, please do stop by to honor Newtown and make your voice heard. You can write your own message, or select from some of the messages Council members have prepared, and then personalize it. The card depicts a Newtown winter scene.
It’s very heartening that so many people stopped by the old Post Office this past weekend and took the time to hand write their messages in spite of the bitter cold.
“We were particularly thrilled with cards from young kids who want to grow up free from the threat of gun violence,” writes Perloe in his email. He attached this card: