In the months following the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary, our community felt an outpouring of support from individuals from all walks of life who were eager to take action against violence and choose love. "A Concert for Newtown" was a community event that brought together the people of Newtown in song, spirit and common purpose, featuring performances from Peter Yarrow of Peter Paul and Mary, Dar Williams, Bethany Yarrow & Rufus Cappadocia.
David and Francine Wheeler, the parents of nine year-old Nate and six year-old Ben (who was killed at Sandy Hook Elementary), also performed in the concert, artfully expressing their devotion to their murdered son and their commitment to turn tragedy into transformation. As Francine said on a conference call with supporters three weeks ago, "I'm going to keep singing through this." We find strength in her resolve to find her voice amid her pain, and in the Wheeler's commitment to engage in conversations about ways to make our communities and our country safer for all children. This program will be offered to the PBS community nationally soon, so if you're interested in seeing it aired in your community, please contact your local PBS station and ask them to air "A Concert for Newtown."
At Sandy Hook Promise, we believe that saving lives and preventing tragedy is everyone's responsibility. We work with partners from every corner of American life to stem the tide of gun violence. Passing new laws alone will not solve the problems that face neighborhoods across the nation, which is why we have teamed up with leading technologists and venture capitalists of Silicon Valley to explore ways in which innovation can spur solutions to gun violence.
Nicole Hockley, mother of six-year-old Dylan who was killed at Sandy Hook, talks about the promise of innovation to end gun violence in San Francisco, California.
In March, we announced a partnership with the Technology Committee to Reduce Gun Violence, a group of over 40 of the nation's leading entrepreneurs who were inspired to make a difference after the tragedy of the Sandy Hook shooting. As the committee chairman Jim Pitkow says of their role in the national gun debate, "What technology can do is shift the debate from hypothetical to practical."
To that end, Sandy Hook Promise has announced a national "call for ideas," working with the Committee to find and fund promising innovations in gun safety, mental health research and related new technologies that will help to prevent gun tragedies.
To read more about the Technology Committee to Reduce Gun Violence, read this recent interview with Jim Pitkow about how the group was formed and the promising ways in which innovation can spur common sense solutions. Have an idea yourself? Learn more about the Innovation Initiative, to submit an idea and get involved.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of 9-year-old Joshua who was killed yesterday by his father in a New Hampshire YMCA. Gun violence is the second-leading cause of death among children in the United States. Only car accidents claim the lives of more children and teenagers than guns. Let's work together to make sure no child's life ends in tragedy.
The Sandy Hook Promise office welcomed some four-legged friends as part of the Bow Wow Buddies Foundation's new initiative Scout's Angels, which launched in Newtown this month. Cashew and Nutmeg, along with five other therapy dogs and their partner therapists, will spend a week attending various events to support health and healing in the community.
Today, the Avielle Foundation kicks off an online auction to support Brain Health Research to prevent violence. The Foundation was started by the parents of Avielle, who was 6 years old when she was lost in the shooting on 12/14. Place a bid on an item and donate today to uplift the spirits of those affected by this tragedy with the hope of a brighter future.
Today marks one year since the mass shooting at the Sikh Temple of Oak Creek, Wisconsin. Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected by this tragedy and everyone touched by gun violence. We choose to let love win. Join us.
The Dakota and Lakota Native American Nation is sending a delegation of UNITY RIDERS on horseback from Canada to Washington DC with a message of hope, solidarity, and healing. On Monday, 8/5 they will be in Newtown to honor those we lost on December 14th in Sandy Hook. It promises to be a unique, historic and meaningful event! You can join in at 12noon at the Horse Guard State Military Reservation at 4 Wildlife Drive, Newtown, CT (Exit 11 off I-84). For more information, check the link below.
This month we are excited to welcome Cashew and Nutmeg to the Sandy Hook Promise office. These therapy dogs are coming to our community to help residents heal from trauma, as part of an initiative sponsored by Camp Bow Wow and the Bow Wow Buddies Foundation.