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June 14, 2012

The Rainbow PUSH Coalition Calls Fathers to Action Organizing Gun Violence Protests in 25 Cities

The Rainbow PUSH Coalition Calls Fathers to Action Organizing Gun Violence Protests in 25 Cities

WHAT: MARCH/RALLY/DEMONSTRATION

WHEN: Saturday, June 16, 2012 at 12:00 Noon

WHERE:

Chicago

Chuck's Gun Store

14310 South Indiana Avenue Riverdale, IL 60827

Detroit

Action Impact

25992 West 8 Mile Rd. Southfield, MI 48033

Milwaukee

Waukesha Expo Forum Gun Show

1000 Northview Rd, Waukesha, WI 53188

New York

110th Street east of 5th Street Ave.

****June 17th

(end stop and frisk conjunction with the National Action Network and SEIU)

Atlanta

Georgia State Capitol

100 Washington St., Atlanta, GA

(Proud Fathers March in conjunction with Omega Psi Phi)

Washington, DC

Real Co. Guns

6108 Marlboro Pike Forestville, MD 20747

WHY: Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. and the Rainbow PUSH Coalition have called fathers to action this coming Saturday, June 16th, organizing protests and prayer vigils in 25 cities against the issue of rising gun violence.

“Each year, across the country, about 7,000 African Americans are murdered, more than nine times out of 10 by other African Americans,” said Rev. Jackson. “Far more African Americans are killed on our streets than on foreign battlefields. If a foreign foe took these lives, we would mobilize armies and armadas to stop them. But here, because much of this violence is contained in racially concentrated neighborhoods, there is too much resignation and too little outrage.

Rev. Jackson went on to say, “We know the roots of this violence. The poor are crowded into desperate neighborhoods. Joblessness produces despair, depression and hopelessness. Drugs and guns spread in the underground economy. Gangs start warring on mean streets. The young go to the poorest schools. They are more likely to be suspended, less likely to graduate. They face the worst job market since the Great Depression.

We know where the guns come from. There are no gun manufacturers or gun shops in Chicago. If we knew the location of a terrorist base providing weapons to kill U.S. soldiers, we would take it out with a drone attack. No one wants drones used here at home, but that’s no reason to ignore the problem.”

Why March Against Gun Violence:

• In one year on average, almost 100,000 people in America are shot or killed with a gun.

• Over a million people have been killed with guns in the United States since 1968, when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy were assassinated.

• U.S. homicide rates are 6.9 times higher than rates in 22 other populous high-income countries combined, despite similar non-lethal crime and violence rates. The firearm homicide rate in the U.S. is 19.5 times higher.

• Gun violence impacts society in countless ways: medical costs, costs of the criminal justice system, security precautions such as metal detectors, and reductions in quality of life because of fear of gun violence. These impacts are estimated to cost U.S. citizens $100 billion annually.

• An estimated 41% of gun-related homicides and 94% of gun-related suicides would not occur under the same circumstances had no guns been present.

• Every year there are only about 200 legally justified self-defense homicides by private citizens compared with over 30,000 gun deaths.

• A 2009 study found that people in possession of a gun are 4.5 times more likely to be shot in an assault.

• It is estimated that over forty percent of gun acquisitions occur in the secondary market. That means that they happen without a Brady background check at a federally licensed dealer.

• Sales from federal firearm licensees (FFLs) require a background check. Sales between individuals, under federal law, do not require a background check. This means that felons can “lie and buy” at gun shows and other places where guns are readily available.

Marches will also take place in Memphis, Tennessee, St. Louis, Missouri, East St. Louis, Illinois, Des Moines, Iowa, Jackson Mississippi, Detroit Michigan, Flint, Michigan, Benton Harbor, Michigan, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Tampa Florida, Panama City, Florida, South Bend, Indiana, Atlanta, Georgia, Birmingham, Alabama, Columbus, Ohio, Cincinnati, Ohio, Gary, Indiana, Tulsa, Oklahoma, San Francisco, California and Los Angeles, California.

The Rainbow PUSH Coalition is a progressive organization devoted to protecting, defending and expanding civil rights to improve economic and educational opportunity. The organization is headquartered at 930 E. 50th St. in Chicago. To learn more, please visit http://www.rainbowpush.org or call (773) 373-3366. To arrange an interview with Rev. Jackson, please call the numbers listed above.

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