Monday, April 1 through Friday, April 5
All of this week’s actions are being taken in memory of Ana Márquez-Greene, one of the 20 first graders brutally murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012. Ana would have turned 7 years old on April 4, 2013.
“The grief is getting worse, not better, as the days go by,” said Nelba Márquez-Greene, Ana’s mother. “However, a warrior has arisen within me. I believe that love wins. Our love for our children and families must win. How is it possible that we are struggling to pass stronger gun laws after a man entered the sanctity of an elementary school and murdered 20 children and 6 educators?”
“Mothers must band together and insist that Congress take action on common-sense legislation that the vast majority of Americans supports.” “I am every American mother. And I ask mothers and families across the country, in Ana’s memory during her birthday week, to encourage Congress to advocate for legislation that will result in meaningful changes to our gun laws and mental health system,” said Márquez-Greene.
Beginning on Monday, April 1, Moms Demand Action asks its members to participate in a week-long set of calls to action that continue to pressure Congress to pass new and stronger gun laws. All of these actions are being taking in memory of Ana Márquez-Greene, one of the 20 first graders murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012. Ana would have turned 7 years old on Thursday, April 4.
On April Fool’s Day, moms around the country will write “No Joke, Moms Vote. Moms Demand Action.org” in chalk on sidewalks in front of their homes, in parks, or in public places. For moms who live in areas where sidewalk chalk is prohibited, we encourage them to make signs and hang them in their home’s windows and cars. Participants are asked to share their photos with Moms Demand Action at firstname.lastname@example.org and post them on their own Facebook page. Don’t forget to mention Moms Demand Action! Moms should also Tweet and email their photos to their Congressional representatives.
Between the hours of 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Moms will email their elected officials. Moms Demand Action will directly connect participants via email to their legislators.
On Thursday at 9:05 a.m. Moms Demand Action will sponsor a moment of silence to honor the time of Ana’s birth on her birthday. Members will change their Facebook and Twitter profile pictures for the day to a picture of Ana. Moms Demand Action will provide this image.
Participants will call their elected officials between the hours of 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Moms Demand Action will provide phone contact information on Friday.
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