#WearOrangeWeekend starts Friday.It’s a way for the millions of gun sense advocates to honor the lives of victims and survivors of gun violence. It’s a way for hundreds of thousands of Americans to demonstrate their strength at events across the country, in cities and towns large and small, and online as we all work towards a future that’s free from gun violence. Our local event will be on Saturday morning, 9am at the Bainbridge Island Farmers Market.From the Orange County Register:Come hang out with us Friday afternoon anytime between 4:30 and 6:30 at OfficeXpats, upstairs in the main conference room in the Pavilion on Madison to make calls and write cards on key issues! We provide a comfortable setting full of encouragement among friends to write and call. We learn something each week from each other as we continue in our long game of activism in favor of true American values. It’s a terrific group and a great way to finish off your work week! Come join us, hang out with some fellow Islanders, and make your voice heard in DC! Wear orange, or wear whatever, but do come, and do bring a friend.
Among the many actions we can take, are:
- (From Indivisible) Contact our members of Congress and ask them to support S. 1539, the Protecting Domestic Violence and Stalking Victims Act of 2017, and H.R. 3207, the Zero Tolerance for Domestic Abusers Act, introduced by Amy Klobuchar (D-Minnesota) and Debbie Dingell (D-Michigan) in the Senate and House, respectively.
- The bills would prohibit the following parties from buying/owning firearms: those under temporary restraining orders, individuals convicted of hate crimes, non-married partners under restraining orders, and stalkers with misdemeanor convictions.
- (From Americans of Conscience) Stand with the kids ICE is losing
- During a Senate oversight hearing, Steven Wagner stated that the whereabouts of 1,475 immigrant children are unknown. Our nation has a moral responsibility to protect children and treat them with basic decency, regardless of immigration status.
- A full list of specific actions, with addresses, phone numbers and scripts is provided at Jen Hofmann’s Americans of Conscience newsletter“It’s easier to be cynical; to accept that change isn’t possible, and politics is hopeless, and to believe that our voices and actions don’t matter. But if we give up now, then we forsake a better future.” ~ Barack Obama