Artists and Activists Band Together for The Concert Across America To End Gun Violence at more than 100 Venues Nationwide on Sept 25, 2016

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Jackson Browne, Rosanne Cash, Marc Cohn, and Harlem’s Gospel for Teens to perform at the Beacon Theatre on Sept. 25

NEW YORK, Aug. 9, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — From the Beacon Theatre in Manhattan to the Top of the Standard in Los Angeles to Lola’s Trailer Park in Fort Worth, TX, musicians are banding together for The Concert Across America to End Gun Violence on Sunday, September 25th.  Jackson Browne, Rosanne Cash, Marc Cohn and Harlem’s Gospel for Teens will headline the concert scheduled for the Beacon Theatre on Sept. 25.  Tickets go on sale Friday, August 12 at 12:00pm at http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/3B005106BA741DB9 and all Ticketmaster locations. #ConcertAcrossAmerica to #EndGunViolence.

Spearheaded by Massachusetts-based Stop Handgun Violence (SHV), Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence, Musicians Against Gun Violence, New Yorkers Against Gun Violence and dozens of other organizations committed to reducing gun violence, this nationwide effort will feature a diverse array of artists performing at venues ranging from churches and school gymnasiums to honky-tonks, hotel rooftops and theatres.

From the Arlington Theatre in Santa Barbara, CA to the Regent Theatre in Arlington, MA, artists will be performing to give voice to the more than five million Americans who have been murdered by a firearm since the mass shooting at the University of Texas on Aug. 1, 1966.

“From sunrise to sunset, musicians will orchestrate mini pop-up concerts at recognizable national landmarks to show national unity and resolve to tackle America’s gun violence epidemic,” SHV President John Rosenthal said. “In the midst of the fall election cycle, this powerful coast-to-coast effort will raise awareness, for organizations committed to bringing sanity to our country’s gun laws.”

For more information: www.ConcertAcrossAmerica.org

 #ConcertAcrossAmerica to #EndGunViolence

A Full List of Confirmed Concert Venues and Interfaith Events follows: Continue reading

Pop-up concerts needed for Concert Across America to End Gun Violence

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ATTN: Pop-Up concerts needed from the Grand Canyon to the Golden Gate Bridge, Virginia Tech to Provincetown, Mass., the Motown Museum to Strawberry Fields 

Who: Musicians Against Gun Violence. Solo. Or a duo, an ensemble, an orchestra.

What: Pop-up publicity concerts to call attention to the “Concert Across America to End Gun Violence.”

When: Any time in your time zone, starting at sunrise on Wednesday, Sept 21 to sunset on Sunday, Sept. 25.

Where: At any recognizable national landmark or otherwise significant location.

Why: To call attention to America’s gun violence epidemic in this crucial presidential election.

How: Bring a friend (or several) to videotape you on a smart phone (horizontal view), then upload to social media using these hashtags:

  • #RememberSept25
  • #ConcertAcrossAmerica
  • #EndGunViolence

Tag your local U.S. Senator and Congressman too.

Music:  Please perform at least 3 songs or pieces:

  • “Amazing Grace”
  • 2 short songs or pieces of your choice

Please email us details of where and when you expect to perform:

For more info on the “Concert Across America to End Gun Violence” go to:

www.RememberSept25.org

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The Concert Across America to End Gun Violence: Sept 25, 2016

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MAGVA is the classical coordinator for the Concert Across America to End Gun Violence, taking place across the United States on Sunday, September 25, 2016.

On Sunday, September 25, 2016, we will remember the victims of America’s gun violence epidemic with
The Concert Across America,
a series of live events from coast to coast.

WHY MOBILIZE WITH MUSIC?

The power of music to reach far and wide has fueled countless important movements in recent decades. Now is the time to turn up the music to turn down the hateful rhetoric that has become a hallmark of the gun debate.

WHY ON SEPTEMBER 25TH?

In 2007, Congress designated September 25 as the National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims. And while two out of every three victims are killed with a firearm, the day of “remembrance” is the only thing Congress has done to acknowledge this loss.

And while we need to be respectful of what this day stands for, we must also demand that Congress mandates a background check for every gun sale, too.

WHY “ACROSS” THE COUNTRY?

We are one nation and together, we must pull together to protect our loved ones, and each other. Tragically, nine children will die today – and each day – from gunfire here in the U.S.

WHERE WILL THE CONCERTS BE?

Wherever you will be.

Got a guitar and a mic? Sing outside your Congressman’s local office. Need more of an audience? Invite camera crews and news reporters – they’re getting shot at too.

Belong to a church? Let the choir do the preaching.

Cantors. Call me. Maybe? No seriously. Call us. We need all of our faith-based friends to join us in remembering those murdered in their places of worship — from the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin to the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC.

Have access to a venue, performers, local promoters and want to organize it yourself? Hallelujah. Just let us know where (we have a few concerts already popping up here and there).

WILL THE CONCERTS CONNECT?

Yep. The #ConcertAcrossAmerica to #EndGunViolence will connect through social media. More details later how to #RememberSept25 as a day to honor victims, including but not limited to: #UT1966, #Stockton, #Jonesboro, #Paducah, #Columbine, #VirginiaTech, #Hokies, #NorthernIllinois, #Huskies, #Binghampton, #Tucson, #Aurora, #Clackamas, #OakCreek, #Newtown, #UCSB, #Roanoke, #Oregon, #ColoradoSprings, #SanBernadino, #Orlando,just to name a few.

WHO’S THE BACKUP BAND BEHIND THIS EFFORT?

We’re a national network of organizations, activists and artists in complete harmony over the need to keep guns out of dangerous hands. (To donate to the national effort, click here.)

WANT TO VOLUNTEER?

We need “concert coordinators” and performers in every congressional district (yep, all 435 of them.) Sign up here. Or,  email: RememberSept25 at gmail dot com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Local safe storage law passed in Saratoga Springs

NYAGV brings us the following good news:

Saratoga Springs City Council Unanimously Passes Local Safe Storage Law Named for Nicholas Naumkin

Saratoga Springs, NY – April 5, 2016 – This evening the City Council of the City of Saratoga Springs, New York, unanimously passed a firearm safe storage law named for Nicholas Naumkin, the twelve-year-old resident who was unintentionally shot and killed by a friend in December 2010. Nicholas’s Law would require guns to be safely stored when not in the owner’s immediate possession or control.

Nicholas’s mother, Oxsana Naumkin, said, “I would like to thank Saratoga Springs City Council for passing Nicholas’s Law today. It has been five and a half years since our son Nicholas was taken away from us. There are no words to describe the pain we live with every day. No parent should ever have to experience this kind of loss and that is why it is so important that we stand together to prevent these senseless tragedies from happening over and over again. Your vote today will prevent such tragedies from devastating other families. Adults must be held criminally responsible when unsecured guns get into the hands of children. I am proud to work with New Yorkers Against Gun Violence and Saratogians for Gun Safety to fight for sensible gun laws in this state. Now we need the Senate to act and pass Nicholas’s Law at the state level to protect all New York families and children.”

Commissioner Chris Mathiesen who introduced the legislation said, “Saratoga Springs has taken an important step to protect the safety of families and especially children in our community. By passing our local version of Nicholas’s Law we will increase awareness of the need to maintain the safe and secure storage of firearms and significantly reduce the possibility of another tragedy such as the one experienced by Nicholas’s family.”

Saratoga Springs Mayor Yepsen commented, “Safety is the number one priority for any community. Saratoga Springs’ families deserve any sensible precautions we can collectively take. If Nicholas’s Law saves even one life,  it will help ensure other families won’t have to endure such a horrifc tragedy.”

“As a parent, when this happened to the Naumkin family, I was very saddened and found I could not let it go. I joined New Yorkers Against Gun Violence to do what I could do so this would not happen again. I am grateful to the city of Saratoga Springs for coming together to keep our children safe,” said Pat Tuz, Capital Region Coordinator for New Yorkers Against Gun Violence.

Leah Gunn Barrett, NYAGV Executive Director, said, “With tonight’s vote, Saratoga Springs becomes the seventh municipality in New York with a safe storage law, joining Albany, New York City, Westchester County, Syracuse, Buffalo and Rochester.  Senate leader Flanagan must bring Nicholas’s Law to a vote before the current legislative session ends in June. He must be reminded that 91% of New York voters and 71% of gun owner voters support a statewide safe storage law. If the Senate fails to act yet again, we will continue our work with municipal governments to enact more safe storage laws until the state legislature finally decides that protecting New York’s children is more important than pandering to the corporate gun lobby.”

New Yorkers Against Gun Violence is a statewide advocacy group working to reduce gun violence through advocacy and education designed to encourage action, influence public opinion and lead to policy change. With a primary focus on New York State, the organization also advocates at the local and national levels for sensible gun laws, policies and practices that protect New York State residents from gun violence.

Web:  www.nyagv.org

 

Introducing MAGVA

MAGVA inspires, supports and galvanizes musicians who want to see the end of gun violence in America. Whatever their political persuasion or national heritage, color or creed, artists everywhere have a fervent desire to lend their voices and their instruments to this increasingly vital cause — but so many of them don’t know where or how to make their music matter.

New York City-based MAGVA works closely with leading local and national organizations in the anti-gun violence movement. With the goal of enhancing and supporting their activities in legislative, educational and awareness-building arenas, we help these organizations to create and develop projects and events with music at the heart of the message. We make introductions and facilitate collaborations between musicians and anti-gun violence advocates, while helping to develop concepts — from videos and musical underlays to commemorative compositions and live events.

The founders of MAGVA enjoy close relationships with the world’s leading musicians and arts organizations – from opera singers, instrumentalists, ensembles and composers to orchestras, festivals, concert presenters and arts foundations. By forging relationships and adding a creative impetus, MAGVA aims to provide a musical voice to the various platforms and media channels of the anti-gun violence movement, lending music to the message — and musicians to the cause — of lessening and ending gun violence in America.

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“In a sense, songs are the soul of a movement.” — Martin Luther King Jr.

“Part of my faith and hope in America is not that we achieve a perfect union, but that we get better. And we can do better than we’re doing right now, if we come together.”

– President Barack Obama