To the Editor:
The town has been flooded with snowflakes, cards, money, teddy bears, scarves, compassion and volunteerism. We have felt an outpouring of love, faith and philanthropy from around the world. And many people have joined together in Newtown in efforts to stem the violence that we experienced: Newtown Action Alliance, Sandy Hook Promise, Newtown Clergy, United Physicians of Newtown, March for Change and others. Unfortunately, mothers and fathers in urban areas were fighting violence long before 12-14-12, and they will continue to do so until change takes place. Mothers United Against Violence is one such group.
Here in Newtown, most of us know that December 14 was a one in a million occurrence and is unlikely to happen again in our community. We believe that our town will take reasonable measures to prevent violence from visiting again. Yet there are cities just down the road from here, where there are those who live with the threat of gun violence on a daily basis. There are many who did not receive the same outpouring of love and condolences from the world when they lost a child to gun violence. There are those who can’t afford to take time off from work or away from family to go to hearings and town meetings to voice their opinions.
It is important that Newtown show that it is not just about “me and my town,” but about all children who have needlessly lost their lives to gun violence. Let’s join Mothers United Against Violence on March 30 at 9:30 am in Hartford for the Justice - Truth - Equality March, Memorial and Rally. To share the experience with other families and neighbors sign up for one of the buses from Newtown. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org.
28 Platts Hill Road, Newtown March 20, 2013