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Jr NAA To Host Additional School Walkout Day Rally

Published: March 12, 2018 at 12:00 am

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On March 14, the one-month mark of the mass shooting in Parkland, Fla., the Jr Newtown Action Alliance Club at Newtown High School is working with Women's March Youth Empower, other school clubs, and the administration to participate in the 17-minute National School Walkout to demand action on gun violence prevention.

Because the Jr NAA feels a 17-minute walkout in a comfortable environment with no media access is not enough to send a strong message to President Donald Trump and the 115th Congress  to take action to pass common sense gun laws to keep schools, the streets, and all public places safe, Jr NAA invites all students, teachers, parents and other adults to rally in front of the Newtown-based National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), 11 Mile Hill Road, Wednesday, March 14, from 6:30 to 8 pm.

At the rally, there will be a call for the President and Congress to:

1. Pass a ban on assault weapons, high capacity magazines and bump stocks.

2. Require background checks on all gun sales.

3. Raise the minimum age to purchase all guns to 21.

4. Pass extreme risk protection laws to temporarily remove guns from those suffering from a crisis.

5. Make the #NoNRAMoney pledge to stop taking money from the NRA, NSSF and other gun lobby organizations (www.noNRAMoney.org).

"We are saying #enough. We are sick and tired of federal inaction after 26 were killed here in Sandy Hook, 17 in Parkland, 49 in Orlando, 58 in Las Vegas, and over 500,000 Americans killed and injured everywhere in America since the Sandy Hook tragedy. We refuse to be collateral damage for gun industry profits," the March 12 press release states.

RSVP on the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/561735854182541/

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Newtown Cultural Arts Commission is presenting or coordinating on six weeks of special events. Which event are you looking forward to the most? (Visit our Features page for a full story with details about all of these events.)

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Newtown Day, October 6
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The 3rd Annual Newtown-Sandy Hook Restaurant Week, October 8-14
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Basket weaving workshop with Tina Puckett, October 13
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“Courageous Conversations in A Complex World,” October 17
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Live at ETH: David Wax Museum concert, October 19
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The 2nd Annual Fall Carnival at Fairfield Hills, October 19-21
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Connecticut Author’s Reading Series, October 21
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Natalie’s Open Mic, October 21
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“The Wordsmiths,” October 24
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Pianist Konstanza Chernov, October 28
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Someday Cinema Series double feature screenings of “Bride of Frankenstein” and “The Beast with Five Fingers,” October 29
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