Join Faith Leaders for a Global Week of Action Against Gun Violence

The Global Justice Institute and Metropolitan Community Churches are committed to cultivating a world in which peace can thrive. One of the first steps in creating peaceful places to stand against violence, gun violence in particular.  We invite you, your1-8May2016congregation, and your faith partners to join the International Action on Small Arms (IANSA).  Held annually, this week of action is a chance to raise awareness of how gun violence affects people’s lives, and to draw attention to issues such as people becoming disabled because of gun violence; lack of support for survivors or the families of victims; and domestic violence becoming far more lethal when guns are involved.
This year’s Global Week of Action will be held fromMay 1-8, and will focus on the theme “Time to End the Deadly Flood of Guns!”  This theme was chosen to raise awareness of guns flowing across national borders, into communities, into schools, and into homes.  The actions coordinate with meetings held at the United Nations to discuss small arms problems.  Organizers invite MCC leaders and congregations to participate in this week of action in the following ways:
  • Address the issue of gun violence in any services you may hold between May 1-8, even if only briefly.  We are providing background information for your reference.
  • Help educate your members about how and where to dispose of unwanted guns (see information here)
  • Print out the attached information sheets and exhibit posters and display them where viewers can learn more about the issue.
  • Personalize the Global Week of Action logo (included in this alert) and theme, and post it on your social media, and/or send it to IANSA for us to post.  Engage the theme in your own special way and share.  Use the hashtags:  #TimeToEndTheDeadlyFloodOfGuns  #GlobalWeekOfActionAgainstGunViolence

 

If you have questions or special needs, you may contact the Public Policy Team atmccadvocacy@mcchurch.net or Rose Welch with IANSA at rose.welsch@iansa.org and  00 1 703 474 4520.