Overnight NRA Vigil for Orlando Victims and for an Assault Weapons Ban
When: Monday, June 20 @8:00pm -- Tuesday, June 21 @9:00am (Come for any time that you can.)
Where: NRA Headquarters | 11250 Waples Mill Rd, Fairfax, VA 22030 (We will help with rideshares and shuttles from Fairfax/Vienna metro.)
What: Overnight Peace Vigil at NRA
Visuals: 49 cardboard hearts, candles, flowers, light brigade, bloody hands to signify the blood on the NRA’s hands
This Monday, June 20, CODEPINK, American Muslim Voice, American Palestinian Women's Association, Brave New Films, Busboys & Poets, Ceasefire Oregon, KhushDC, LACAN, Muslim American Women's Policy Forum, March on Washington for Gun Control, Muslims Against Homophobia and LGBT Hate, National Center for Transgender Equality, National Coalition to Protect Civil Freedoms, Project End Gun Violence, Protest Easy Guns, Stop Killing Innocent People (SKIP), TASSC International, Timothy Dawkins-El Project, Washington Peace Center, We the People for Sensible Gun Laws, and a diverse coalition are organizing an overnight peace vigil in front of the NRA to honor the 49 people killed and 53 injured in the tragic mass shooting this past weekend in Orlando and call for a ban on assault weapons. We will have 49 heart-shaped signs held by volunteers to represent and honor the young victims of this horrific act. We will be joined by representatives of Muslim groups, LGBTQ groups, anti-gun violence organizations, mothers who have lost children to gun violence, peace groups, and individuals who have been directly affected by the epidemic of gun violence in this country.
We will have an Iftar Ramadan meal at sundown provided by DC's own Busboys & Poets with our Muslim friends facing increased Islamophobia in the wake of the mass shooting. We will then have a speak-out for peace, and a special ceremony from 2:02am-5:00am, when the massacre and hostage-taking at the Pulse nightclub occurred. We will stay until 9am, when the NRA staff comes in to work. The NRA’s fierce lobbying against an assault weapons ban enables killers behind the shootings in Orlando, Newtown, and San Bernardino to use AR-15-type weapons.
For more information and to RSVP, visit the Facebook event page or the CODEPINK event page. With any questions, comments, or concerns contact Rebecca Green at firstname.lastname@example.org or 415-309-6713.
-- The RootsAction.org Team
P.S. RootsAction is an independent online force endorsed by Jim Hightower, Barbara Ehrenreich, Cornel West, Daniel Ellsberg, Glenn Greenwald, Naomi Klein, Bill Fletcher Jr., Laura Flanders, former U.S. Senator James Abourezk, Coleen Rowley, Frances Fox Piven, Lila Garrett, Phil Donahue, Sonali Kolhatkar, and many others.