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Rep. Chu Hosts Event with Families, Victims, and Local Leaders on National Day of Action on Gun Violence

June 30, 2016
Press Release

PASADENA, CA – On Wednesday night, Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27), hosted “SPEAK OUT: Enough is Enough”, a discussion on the need for Congressional action on gun violence prevention legislation. This event was a part of the National Day of Action on Gun Violence Prevention that was organized by House Democrats. The National Day of Action for Commonsense Gun Violence Prevention comes exactly one week after House Democrats staged a sit-in for 26 hours on the House Floor to demand that Speaker Ryan and House Republicans allow an immediate vote on bipartisan, commonsense gun violence prevention legislation to help keep guns out of dangerous hands. More than 200 individuals attended Rep. Chu’s event at All Saints Church in Pasadena, CA. Families and victims of gun violence, faith and community leaders, advocates, officials, and members of the community shared their personal stories about how they were affected by gun violence and why it is time for Congressional action.  Rep. Chu released the following statement:

“One week ago, House Democrats held a sit-in on the House floor and declared: Enough is enough! And we were joined by hundreds of thousands of people around the country who felt the same. We have woken the nation’s conscience. Americans have had enough of mass shootings and of feeling unsafe because Congress refuses to allow a vote on even the most common sense gun restrictions – like keeping guns away from those on the No Fly List, or expanding background checks, a proposal supported by 92% of Americans. But of course, the problem of gun violence is more than just mass shootings. It’s a daily plague. With our National Day of Action, we are speaking out as one to say that it is time for Congress to take action to end the senseless gun violence that is tearing apart our communities. Too many have died, and too many lives ruined. Moments of silence are not enough. It’s time we build and maintain this energy until we finally have action!”  

The list of speakers include:

  • John Kennedy, Councilmember, Pasadena
  • Jack Scott, Former CA Assembly/Senate Member of Pasadena
  • Reverend Susan Russell, All Saints Church
  • Sandy Padgett, Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, All Saints Church
  • Julianne Hines, Executive Director, Planned Parenthood-Pasadena/San Gabriel Valley
  • Pastor Tyrone Skinner, Metropolitan Baptist Church, Altadena
  • Andrea Welsing, Director of the Injury & Violence Prevention Program (IVPP), Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
  • Erin Dunkerly, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
  • Haroon Manjlai, J.D., Public Affairs Manager, Council on American-Islamic Relations/Greater Los Angeles Chapter
  • Lauren Leib, parent of Josh Stepakoff   
  • Josh Stepakoff, survivor of the LA Jewish Center Shooting
  • Norma Richman, Moms Demand Action
  • Allison VanKuiken, Program Director, Equality California
  • Adnan Khan, representing the Muslim community
  • Nirinjan Khalsa, representing the Sikh community