National Vigil to #EndGunViolence
Dec
14
7:00 PM19:00

National Vigil to #EndGunViolence

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RESERVE YOUR SEAT AT THE 4th ANNUAL NATIONAL VIGIL FOR ALL VICTIMS OF GUN VIOLENCE
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2016  7:00-8:30PM
ST MARKS EPISCOPAL CHURCH, CAPITOL HILL, WASHINGTON D.C.

By December 14, 2016, the 4th anniversary of the tragic Newtown shooting, an estimated 120,000 Americans will have died from guns and another 300,000 more Americans will have been injured by guns. It’s a heartbreaking toll that affects all of our communities.

When the news vehicles depart, the victims, survivors and the families impacted by gun violence are often forgotten. Therefore, the Newtown Foundation together with Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence, States United to Prevent Gun Violence, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, Organizing for Action, Everytown Survivor Network and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America will bring families of victims and survivors of gun violence from Newtown and from around the nation—from urban, rural and suburban communities—to the 4th Annual National Vigil for All Victims of Gun Violence for a service of mourning and loving remembrance at the St Marks Episcopal Church on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. on December 14th at 7:00pm.

The 4th Annual National Vigil for All Victims of Gun Violence in D.C. will lead the nationwide local vigils and events across the nation to shed a light on the epidemic of gun violence plaguing our communities.

Reserve your seat at the National Vigil for All Victims of Gun Violence here.

Submit a photo of your loved one lost to gun violence for the National Vigil Tribute Video here.

Submit a photo of a survivor of gunshots for the National Vigil Survivor Video here.

Hold a local vigil in your city or town by signing up here

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National Vigils to #EndGunViolence
Dec
14
to Dec 18

National Vigils to #EndGunViolence

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REGISTER HERE TO HOLD A LOCAL VIGIL OR EVENT FOR THE 2016 NATIONAL VIGIL/NATIONWIDE 50-STATE VIGILS/EVENTS:

By December 2016, the 4th anniversary of the Newtown shootings, more than 120,000 Americans nationwide will have died from guns and another 280,000 Americans will have been injured by guns. We must continue to shed a light on the epidemic of gun violence in our nation until these gun deaths and injuries are reduced. The Newtown Foundation (the charitable arm of the Newtown Action Alliance) in partnership with St Marks Episcopal Church, Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence, States United to Prevent Gun Violence, Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, Organizing for Action, Everytown Survivor Network and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America will host the 4th annual national vigil service of mourning and loving remembrance for all who have fallen victim to the ongoing epidemic of gun violence in America on December 14th in Washington D.C at 7:00pm, on the 4th anniversary date of the Sandy Hook tragedy.

The National Vigil for All Victims of Gun Violence held in Washington D.C. on December 14th will be the anchor event to kickoff the Nationwide 50-State Vigils/Events. We are looking for faith organizations and/or gun violence prevention groups to hold a local vigil or event in each of the 50 states from December 14-18th to continue to raise awareness and to keep this issue front and center. Last year, more than 500 local events were held in 39 states, Washington DC and in Mexico.

Please join our national event and stand with all the families of all victims of gun violence, survivors and advocates to honor all Americans affected by gun violence and to end gun violence.

Please complete this form to host a vigil or an event in your town or city.

Click here for the Vigil Tool Kit to facilitate your planning.

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 #HonorWithAction Connecticut: A Youth Leadership Summit on Gun Violence Prevention
May
24
9:00 AM09:00

#HonorWithAction Connecticut: A Youth Leadership Summit on Gun Violence Prevention

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#HonorWithAction Connecticut: A Youth Leadership Summit on Gun Violence Prevention

Jr. Newtown Action Alliance [Sponsored by the Newtown Foundation]

Saturday, May 24, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM (EDT)

Newtown, CT

The Jr. Newtown Action Alliance is holding an all-day Leadership Summit for youth throughout Connecitcut and neighboring regions to explore the causes of gun violence and actions we can take on the widely varying issues. Join us on May 24th at the Newtown High School. We want you to leave feeling empowered to #HonorWithAction in your communities and fight for a future free from gun violence! Breakfast, lunch and reception fare are included in the registration fee.

Explore the issues. Find your voice. Inspire change!

Workshops Include:
- Gun Violence 101
- Mental Health
- Spirituality
- Artistic Expression for Healing and Advocacy
- Publishing and Social Media
- Advocacy and Political Action

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Green Post-it Project
Nov
11
6:30 PM18:30

Green Post-it Project

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Acts of Kindness don't have to be big or expensive to be meaningful. Grab a green post it pad and a pen and brighten someone's day! Green and White are the Sandy Hook School colors.

Anywhere in the world, post a happy note and then post your photos of it here, or Tweet to @greenpostit #greenpostitproject #gpp #HonorWithAction.

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Oct
6
8:30 AM08:30

PeaceJam New England Conference 2013

“Empowering!” “Inspirational!” “Better than Christmas!”

The Newtown Foundation, PeaceJam New England and the Jr. Newtown Action Alliance have come together to offer Newtown Middle and High School students the opportunity to explore how one experience or event does not define who you are, or who you will become. Tragedy does not need to lead to despair. Instead, it can be transformed into the fuel for reaching toward new levels of positive change in your life and in your actions.

This Event Features:

• Family Groups: Small discussion groups facilitated by college age mentors who are trained through PeaceJam

• Keynote speaker: Edie Lutnik

• Team building Games: A combination of activities designed to build cooperation, community and show the strength and stability of community.

• We are pleased to announce that Ben’s Bells will be part of our Peace Jam event on October 6th.  Ben’s Bells will be integrated into one of the hands on workshops that will take place as part of this event.  We look forward to adding all of the positive energy and kindness that Ben’s Bells has brought to our community.

• Community projects:

Newtown Youth Reaction to Conference at UCONN, April 6, 7 “In the past few months we have seen that when people learn that we are from Newtown, we often get responses that make the situation worse. The PeaceJam conference was the complete opposite from what we were afraid of. We all agreed on the way home that what made us feel truly at peace (the first time I have felt this way in more than 3 months) is the fact that 12/14 did not define us, it was simply a part of our stories. Many of our members who came had not yet opened up about the tragedy and when I saw them do so in front of dozens of kind and loving people, let’s just say it was a moment I’ll never forget. Thank you for showing us that we were welcome and safe and cared for.”

 

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T-Shirt Contest
Oct
1
to Feb 22

T-Shirt Contest

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WHAT IS JR. NAA?

The Jr. NAA is the teen chapter of the Newtown Action Alliance, an all-volunteer grassroots organization started in Newtown in the wake of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School last December. We focus on all the root causes of violence and what steps youth can take to help reduce the impact of gun violence in America.

We are looking for a design that appeals to teens that makes a statement about what we stand for. We would like a shirt that youth everywhere can wear to show the importance of this movement and help create a unity in our young voices.

We encourage milennials (intermediate school through recent college grads) from anywhere in the world to participate. Please spread the word!

WE WANT YOU to make a statement! It is often images that convey what we want to achieve in the world, this has been shown through the Vietnam War, Syrian rebellion and now Gun reform. Convey your statements through a design that can be placed on a T-shirt. Make sure to limit your design to one side!

In your design you can use up to two printed colors, such as Sandy Hook’s vibrant green and white (See above). The color of the shirt is NOT included in the two colors you select. Your design MUST include the Newtown Action Alliance logo, no smaller than 1 inch. This does not have to be the center of the piece, but must be present.

There cannot be profanities or vulgarities in your design, as this defeats our purpose as a grassroots organization providing young people with the opportunity to be activists.

To create your design please utilize the customink.com t-shirt design app or submit a freeform design:

• To submit a design through customink.com, please submit the link from your confirmation email so we may view your design online.
• To submit a freeform design, you must use a PDF format. Freeform designs will be reviewed by customink.com. Early submission is encouraged, so there is time to make any minor adjustments required.

AWARDS:
After all designs have been presented to the adult Newtown Action Alliance board meeting, the board will select three finalists. These three finalists will have their designs showcased to the public for voting. After votes have been tallied, the winner will be announced in early January. As a condition of your submission, Jr. NAA will retain the rights to the winning design. However, credit, wherever practical, will be given.

Two finalists will receive gift cards valuing $26 and a Jr. NAA bracelet and the winner will receive a free t-shirt, a gift card valuing $100 and a Jr. NAA bracelet.

T-shirts will be available for purchase to the general public in mid-to-late January.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: DECEMBER 31, 2013 at 12 MIDNIGHT PST.
Submissions can be emailed to erin@newtownaction.org or submitted on our Facebook page messaging at https://www.facebook.com/JrNewtownAction

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Aug
9
2:30 PM14:30

Meditation on Mourning

“Meditation on Mourning” was gifted to the Newtown Foundation in 2013 to aid in efforts to raise awareness of the impact that gun violence has on families and to assist the organization’s healing and transformational work.  This contemplative art installation toured America and was on exhibit at the Washington National Cathedral from 3/11/14-4/10/14.

“Meditation on Mourning” is the work of New York artist S. B. Woods. Originally created following the 9/11 tragedies, these sculptures allude to landscapes of suffering across the globe. The grouped figures, all females without visible faces, lie down in fetal positions of pain to suggest both the anonymity and expressiveness of sorrow. The artist sees the “Mourning” women as “containers of grief” that “hold the loss and the longing for a better world.”

These sculptures were gifted to The Newtown Foundation in 2013 to aid its efforts to raise awareness of the impact that gun violence has on families and to assist the organization’s healing and transformational work.  The installation has been touring America, on exhibit most recently at Washington’s National Cathedral from March 11, 2014 – April 10, 2014. Please watch Artist S.B. Woods discuss Meditation on Mourning at the National Cathedral on March 11, 2014 in the video below:

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Prior to the exhibit at the National Cathedral, Meditation on Mourning traveled to Dayton Ohio where it was installed as part of an exhibit at the University of Dayton’s Art Street Gallery from September 24, 2013 thru November 3rd, 2013 as a part of a show called “Bullet: Who Pulled the Trigger”.

The names of gun violence victims since 12/14/12 are projected onto the S. B. Woods installation “Meditation on Mourning,” on loan to the University of Dayton “BULLET” exhibit by the Newtown Action Alliance and The Newtown Foundation.

Below is a short video about the University of Dayton Exhibit.

The names of gun violence victims since 12/14/12 are projected onto the S. B. Woods installation “Meditation on Mourning,” on loan to the University of Dayton “BULLET” exhibit by the Newtown Action Alliance and The Newtown Foundation.

See more about this generous gift of fine art and how it came about.

Please write to info@newtownfoundation.org if you are a fine art collector or gallery owner, or if you would like to help organize manage and/or fund the Meditation on Mourning tour, or for information on exhibiting Meditation on Mourning at an institution near you.

Many thanks to the people at Rand Whitney Packaging and Clancy Moving & Storage for enabling this fine art to travel safely across America.

A sincere thank you to S.B. Woods for the very generous gift of your time, talents, art & love.

If you have an interest in purchasing the the beautiful “Meditation on Mourning” pieces, please contact us at info@newtownaction.org.

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