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“Blessed to be recognized tonight among so many leaders as the Community Distinguished Leader at the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence Gala #lifelinestohealing #revolutionaryliving” – Pastor Michael McBride

Twenty years ago this summer, a deranged former client entered the Pettit & Martin law offices in San Francisco. Armed with two military-style assault weapons outfitted with large capacity ammunition magazines, he walked through the office on a shooting rampage. In the end, he had killed eight — in addition to himself — and grievously wounded six more.

In the wake, the San Francisco legal community and others affected by this horrific event came together to prevent the next tragedy – founding the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. We have spent the last 20 years pouring our hearts, souls, and minds into developing effective legal solutions to address the rampant and destructive consequences of gun violence.

Every year, we gather to mark the anniversary of our organization’s founding with a special event to remember the lives that were taken on July 1, 1993, as well as the unacceptable toll of lives taken by gunfire every day. Our Anniversary Dinner is also a time to look to the future as we develop real and lasting solutions.

In response to the tragedy in Newtown, the nation is demanding sensible and life saving measures to reduce gun violence – in ways we’ve never seen before. Share in the success of the Law Center as it continues to meet the ever growing demand for smart legal solutions that protect our communities. We invite you to celebrate this momentous occasion with us.

More info on Law Center here http://smartgunlaws.org/about-gun-laws/

List of guests here http://smartgunlaws.org/the-law-center-marks-twenty-years-june-28-2013/

941763_10151735479830774_144358321_nSan Joaquin County Supervisor Steve Bestolarides shared a powerful vision for transforming the criminal justice system stating that “I don’t want to focus on building the prison industry. I want to focus in investing in alternatives to incarceration. I want to change the 70% recidivism rate and the idea that incarceration is the only solution.” His motion to withdraw the proposed $80 million jail expansion passed this afternoon. A powerful coalition of faith, labor, community, and civil rights groups has begun to reshape the landscape around public safety in San Joaquin County. Congratulations to PACT-Stockton and their allies for courageous work.

“Building a new jail would possibly build a larger container,” he said. “But if we don’t’ change how we deal with the criminal justice system, we’re just going to fill that one, too.” – Patrick Ikeda

Read More at Recordnet.com http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20130605/A_NEWS/306050328 

No Father's Day Sabbath

Dear Clergy & Community Leader,

This Sunday is Father’s Day and like many fathers around the country I expect to wake up and have my children wish me a happy Father’s Day and then spend the rest of the day reveling in the joy of being their dad. And yet I am saddened to think about the many fathers who have lost children and the many children who have lost fathers to gun violence. For them this will be “No Father’s Day,” one filled with memories of what they have needlessly lost. I say “needlessly” because Congress has failed to act to protect these families.

Given the chance, Congress rejected legislation that would have created universal background checks, ended gun trafficking and kept guns out of the hands of dangerous people. So this year let’s all send members of Congress a “No Father’s Day” card and let them know we will not stand for their inaction any longer. Visit nofathersday.org and add your name to the card. And let’s hope that by the time we reach Father’s Day next year, we will have the safeguards in place to ensure that fathers like me will wake up to happy wishes from our children rather than sad memories of what we had lost.
Would you also consider making a bold and compassionate step of intercession along with hundreds of Clergy and Congregations during our No Father’s Day Sabbath events on June 15-16?
We invite you to participate in 3 distinct ways:

  1. PREACH: Address gun violence in your sermon or pastoral remarks.
  • Please share your favorite spiritual passages and discuss how faith can help us overcome adversity and heal us spiritually.

2. PRAY: Invite the congregation to pray together for the continued healing of those who have been     affected by gun violence.

  • If any members of your congregation have been affected by gun violence or know someone who has been, you might consider asking them to stand up and briefly share with the congregation their story of how they have been affected by gun violence.

3. ACT: Invite congregation members to participate in several ways:

  • Send an e-card to your elected official asking them to end gun violence
  • Call our elected leaders: Call the White House: 202-456-1111 and the U.S. Capitol Switchboard: 202-224-3121

Let us all seek the peace of the city to which we are called to serve. Today is the day to end gun violence!
Blessings,
Rev. Michael McBride, Lead Organizer, Lifelines to Healing Campaign
PICO National Network

P.S. Once you have added your name to the card, forward this message to your friends and family and ask them to do the same, and share your card on Facebook and Twitter.

“Even though he suffered a defeat, he didn’t sound defeated, and we need that kind of hope from the bully pulpit of the White House.” – Pastor Michael McBride of the PICO National Network

(CNN) – During a more than two-hour meeting at the White House on Monday, Vice President Joe Biden asked leaders from across the faith community to keep up pressure on lawmakers to support compromise background check legislation even as Congress begins to shift its focus to immigration reform, according to several attendees who spoke to CNN.

Biden urged the roughly 20 faith leaders in attendance not to be discouraged by recent legislative failures, and instead assured them that the White House had not given up.

Read the whole article here: http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2013/05/07/biden-urges-faith-leaders-to-pressure-lawmakers-on-background-checks/

 

“More than 3,300 people have died as a result of gun violence since the tragedy in Newtown, and it’s past time for our leaders to act,” said the Rev. Michael McBride, director of PICO National Network’s Lifelines to Healing campaign. “We have stepped down from our pulpits and left our houses of worship to remind Congress we’re not going anywhere until they pass meaningful legislation that bans assault weapons and high capacity magazines, institutes enforceable universal background checks, ends gun trafficking, prosecutes straw purchasers, and invests in proven strategies reduce the gun violence that plagues our cities every day.”

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Check out coverage from the Huffington Post:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/11/clergy-gun-control-debate_n_3056237.html

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Standing in a field of more than 3,000 grave makers on the National Mall, Newtown clergy, the Rev. Jim Wallis of Sojourners, the Rev. Michael McBride of PICO National Network and others will begin a 24-hour vigil in the shadow of Capitol Hill at 11:00 a.m. EDT on Thursday, April 11. The clergy will call on Congress to vote on the gun violence prevention legislation expected soon on the floor of the Senate.

“More than 3,300 people have died as a result of gun violence since the tragedy in Newtown, and it’s past time for our leaders to act,” said the Rev. Michael McBride, director of PICO National Network’s Lifelines to Healing campaign. “We have stepped down from our pulpits and left our houses of worship to remind Congress we’re not going anywhere, until they pass meaningful legislation that bans assault weapons and high capacity magazines, institutes enforceable universal background checks, ends gun trafficking, prosecutes straw purchasers, and invests in proven strategies reduce the gun violence that plagues our cities every day.”

The vigil, sponsored by the PICO National Network’s Lifelines to Healing campaign and Sojourners, comes ahead of expected Senate votes on the assault weapons ban, universal background checks, prosecution of straw purchasers and school safety legislation. Volunteers will begin setting up the vigil at 6:00 a.m. EDT on April 11. The staging and the vigil are both open to media and coverage is welcome. Video, photo and interview opportunities will be available.

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