Over 100 supporters of Delaware County United for Sensible Gun Policy gathered at Springfield Friends Meeting/Peace Center of Delaware County on Sunday, December 14, 2014 for the Sandy Hook Memorial and Rededication. The event began with more than 60 people participating in a candlelight procession and vigil in front of the office of U.S. Congressman Patrick Meehan.
The vigil contingent returned to join other supports for a program that featured the powerful singing of the Anna Crusis Women’s Choir and the unveiling of two tile mosaics created by local artist, Lynn Fitzgerald, and other volunteers from Delco United. The “Art from the Heart” was made as a gift for families in Newtown, CT. and Chester, PA. Representatives from Chester’s Women of Strength were present to accept the gift of art. Members of Delco United will deliver the other gift to the Sandy Hook Promise office in Newtown.
The families of Sandy Hook Promise sent a letter that was read at the event:
“To the Supporters of Delaware County United for Sensible Gun Policy…Thank you so much for keeping Newtown in your hearts…the “Art from the Heart” is an inspiring project and we very much look forward to experiencing the beauty of the mosaic…we look forward to working together in Delaware County to create safer communities and protect our children. Together we can end the violence.”
The event received coverage from KYW TV 3, WCAU TV 10, and Fox News 29, which did an excellent story.
Please take a moment to view additional photos from the Memorial and Rededication.
We remember the families of Newtown, CT; Delaware County, PA; and across the country who have suffered from gun violence. We rededicate ourselves to the struggle for sensible gun policies that will protect our loved ones.
Sunday, December 14, 2014
Springfield Friends Meeting House
1001 Old Sproul Rd., Springfield PA 19064
Featuring the Anna Crusis Women’s Choir
Click here to listen to the Choir.
Candlelight procession to the offices of U.S. Rep. Patrick Meehan and PA Rep. William Adolph, both supporters of universal background checks on gun sales, to call on Congress and the Pennsylvania Assembly to enact stronger gun laws.
Vigil along Sproul Road (Rt. 320) to share our message of grief, hope, and determination to make a change.
Brief program at the Meeting House, including a musical performance by the Anna Crusis Women’s Choir and the presentation of handmade tile mosaic artwork to be given as gifts to the survivors of victims in Newtown, CT and Chester, PA via advocacy groups, Sandy Hook Promise and Women of Strength.
Join us in creating art from the heart for Newtown and Chester
Please join us in creating two homemade, artistic gifts for the people of Newtown, CT and Chester, PA as an expression of our ongoing support and commitment. The gifts are to acknowledge the 2-year anniversary of the Sandy Hook massacre.
With the help of mosaic tile artist and Delco United supporter, Lynn Fitzgerald, we will participate in a simple, creative process using clay tiles. The final products will be beautiful and unique mosaics with images of Delco United activities and personal messages of support from us to families of gun violence victims. No experience necessary—all are welcome!
Art workshop dates:
Monday, November 17th, 7:00-9:00
Monday, December 1st, 7:00-9:00
Both sessions will be held at:
Springfield Friends Meeting House
1001 Old Sproul Rd., Springfield PA 19064
Come to one or both!
RSVP’s appreciated: email@example.com
Delaware County United for Sensible Gun Policy recognizes that part of the reason that we haven’t been able to pass the most basic gun policy reform legislation, nationally or here in Pennsylvania, is because we don’t have enough committed allies in elected office. It’s time for that to change.
Delco United is evaluating candidates for office, making endorsements, and mobilizing members to do the nitty-gritty work of electing people who will stand for common sense gun policies, such as universal background checks on gun sales.
We have targeted three PA legislature races for the 2014 November 4th election and have already made endorsements. Please read our endorsements below and consider getting involved in one or all of the campaigns. Later in the campaign season, Delco United will be doing its own voter education, registration, and turnout work. Sign up to receive alerts on these activities.
John Kane–PA State Senate Candidate in the 26th District.
John Kane is a union plumber and the Business Manager for Local 690 who is committed to acting in the best interests of Delaware County’s working families. Part of that commitment is 100% alignment with Delco United’s legislative agenda, including universal background checks on all gun sales, which are essential for the safety of all Pennsylvanians. At the June 28th Rally for Universal Background Checks, John was visibly moved by the tragic stories of parents whose children were ripped from them by gun violence. In his speech, he had a simple, strong message: “Help is on the way.”
The 26th District State Senate seat is being vacated by longtime State Senator, Ted Erickson. The seat is therefore up for grabs–let’s take it for gun sense!
Get involved in John Kane’s campaign.
Vince Rongione–Candidate for PA House of Representatives in the 163rd District
Vince Rongione is an attorney who has extensive political and governmental experience, including serving as Deputy Campaign Manager for Finance for Admiral Joe Sestak’s first run for U.S. Congress and as Communications Director for U.S. Congressman, Chris Carney (D, PA-10). Part of Vince’s public service philosophy is 100% alignment with Delco United’s legislative agenda, including universal background checks on gun sales. Vince has a deep understanding of public policy and a passionate commitment to meeting the needs of the 163rd District–one of those needs is gun safety in our neighborhoods, schools, and workplaces.
The 163rd District State House seat is being vacated by longtime State Representative Nicholas Miccozie. The seat is in play–let’s play to win for sensible gun policy!
Get involved in Vince Rongione’s campaign.
Whitney Hoffman–Candidate for PA State House of Representatives in the 160th District
Whitney Hoffman is an educator and digital media consultant whose experience as a mother and advocate in the local school system led her to seek public office in service of children and families. Part of Whitney’s promise to do what’s best for kids is her 100% alignment with the legislative agenda of Delaware County United for Sensible Gun Policy, including universal background checks on gun sales. That alignment comes through clearly in Whitney’s recent reflection on her participation in the Walk and Rally for Universal Background Checks.
The 160th District State House seat is currently held by Stephen Barrar, who stands alone among Delaware County’s state representatives as the only legislator who opposes universal background checks on gun sales. Not only is Rep. Barrar out of step with the bi-partisan mainstream on this issue, he is actively aligned with gun policy extremists who oppose any gun policy reforms whatsoever. The 160th District race is significant because politicians who side with the interests of the gun manufacturers and the NRA need to be sent a message from citizens. Delco United will put its full weight behind a candidate who has the courage and vision to put gun safety on the table as an issue worth fighting for.
Get involved in Whitney Hoffman’s campaign.