Washington DC

  • Sandy Hook’s Sophie Ackert Attends Young Women’s Political Leadership Program

    Sandy Hook resident and rising junior at Westover School of Middlebury, Sophie Ackert attended Running Start’s Young Women’s Political Leadership Program, which was held in Washington, DC, from July 6 to 12.

    After learning about the program from an administrator at her school, Sophie said she wrote multiple essays for her application to attend the event. Middlebury resident and fellow Westover School student Sarah Cavallaro also attended the program.

  • Newtown Shooting Has Galvanized Disparate Anti-Gun Groups

    WASHINGTON — The Newtown tragedy has galvanized gun-control groups and turned victims of gun violence into advocates like no other mass shooting in US history.

    In the year since the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, new coalitions have been formed as have new gun-control organizations, including Mothers Against Gun Violence, a PAC created by former Arizona representative Gabrielle Giffords — a victim of a mass shooting herself — and Newtown Action Alliance.

  • Washington, DC Resolution Part Of Newtown History

    Dave Ackert, founder of Newtown Action Alliance, presented Newtown First Selectman Patricia Llodra with the Washington, DC Recognition Resolution from the January 26 March on Washington for Gun Control, on Wednesday, March 27.