WE ARE NOT SAFE.
Recent actions of the NRA demonstrate not only a disregard for the lives of black and brown people in America, but appear to be a direct endorsement of violence against people exercising the constitutional right to protest. In addition to the inaction of the NRA on behalf of Philando Castile, the organization recently released this incendiary video ad that unashamedly peddles an “us versus them” narrative and calls for our grassroots, nonviolent resistance movement to be met with violence.
In response, Women’s March wrote an open letter to NRA Executive Vice President and CEO Wayne LaPierre.
Please join the Women’s March in calling on the NRA to take the following actions:
- Immediately remove the recent irresponsible and dangerous propaganda videos narrated by conservative talk radio host Dana Loesch.
- Issue an apology to the American people for the video you sponsored, which bears your name and logo, as it suggests armed violence against communities of color, progressives and anyone who does not agree with this Administration’s policies.
- Make a statement to defend Philando Castile’s Second Amendment right to own a firearm and demand the Department of Justice indict the police officer who killed him for exercising his Second Amendment right and his privilege as a licensed concealed carry permit holder. This call is clearly in line with the mission and purpose of the NRA as an organization that purports to be the lobby and defender of the right to bear arms.
We will gather Friday at 9am in front of the NRA Headquarters in Fairfax, Virginia. The rally begins promptly at 10am. The 17-mile march from the NRA to the Department of Justice will begin promptly at 12pm. People will stay overnight in the D.C. area. We will gather at the Department of Justice on Saturday at 10am. More details to be announced.
We know that we are not safe. But we will not be intimidated into silence.
Community Justice Reform Coalition (CJRC)
Georgia Alliance for Social Justice
One Pulse for America
Safe Tennessee Project
Gays Against Guns
Gun Lobby Watch
Rabbis Against Gun Violence
Unitarian Universalist Pennsylvania Legislative Advocacy Network (UUPLAN)
States United to Prevent Gun Violence
Women Against Gun Violence
The Gathering for Justice
Justice League NYC
Justice League CA
Gun Violence Prevention Action Committee
Safe Campus Colorado
Pride Fund to End Gun Violence
Newtown Action Alliance
Village Work LLC
North Carolinians Against Gun Violence Education Fund
Michigan Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence
Virginia Gun Violence Prevention Coalition
Georgians for Gun Safety
Georgia Rural Urban Summit
Alliance for Quality Education
Citizen Action of New York
Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence
Marylanders to Prevent Gun Violence
ART NOT WAR
Humanity for Progress
Americans for Democratic Action (ADC)
Hip Hop Caucus
Cultures of Dignity
New York Urban League
Sheep Creek Farm
Black Ladies International, Inc.
Feminist Majority Foundation
The Oracle Institute
ALAS: Alianza Latina en contra la Agresión Sexual
One Billion Rising
Americas for Conservation + The Arts
Advocates for Youth