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Miami-Dade County Public Schools to Take Proactive Step Against Violence District-Wide with Sandy Hook Promise’s Proven Programs

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Miami-Dade County Public Schools to Take Proactive Step Against Violence

District-Wide with Sandy Hook Promise’s Proven Programs

 

Former and Current Miami Heat Players Alonzo Mourning and Wayne Ellington to Speak at Miami-Dade County Public Schools’ City-Wide Launch of Violence Prevention Programs with Sandy Hook Promise

 

Miami, Florida – September 19, 2016 – This fall, Miami-Dade County Public Schools (MDCPS) is partnering with leading gun violence prevention organization Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) to roll out its proven “Know the Signs” violence prevention programs to all of its middle and high school level students district-wide. In a city where on average 30-35 MDCPS students are killed per year, this is a huge proactive step toward decreasing those figures and curbing violence, as well as teaching its students life-long core skills that will help them identify at-risk individuals in school and within the community.

 

This roll out of violence prevention programs throughout the city of Miami is unprecedented, as no other city in the country has proactively decided to educate all of its middle and high school students district wide. MDCPS, the fourth largest school district in the country, decided to take this step with SHP after a successful pilot that took place at the beginning of 2016.

 

"All of us at Sandy Hook Promise are honored to be working with Miami-Dade County Public Schools. Rolling out these programs on such a grand scale is so inspiring and exactly what communities need,” says Nicole Hockley, co-founder and managing director of Sandy Hook Promise, who lost her first grade son Dylan at Sandy Hook Elementary School. “Our children should never have to suffer from violence or self-harm and with these programs and preventative measures we can have impact, stop violence before it happens, and ultimately, save lives."

 

In recent years, especially in the inner city of Miami, children and teens have been the most affected by gun violence. SHP’s “Know the Signs” programs teach students how to combat and prevent violence, by focusing on precursors and identifying at-risk behaviors in people that need help.  Two of the programs train students directly, focusing on social isolation and how to create a community of inclusion and connectedness through the “Start with Hello” program, as well as how to identify students that exhibit at-risk behavior – in person or via social media – and how to properly intervene through the “Say Something” program. A third program, “Safety Assessment & Intervention” trains teachers, educators and administrators how to assess and act on all threats of violence or self-harm, taking action and getting the student help before any escalation.

 

“We are honored that Miami-Dade County Public Schools was chosen by Sandy Hook Promise as the launching site for this program,” said Miami-Dade County Public Schools Superintendent Alberto M. Carvalho. “Our Values Matter Miami initiative, which empowers our youth and strengthens character development in our classrooms, is seamlessly aligned with this national gun violence program.”

 

Most gun violence is preventable when you know the signs. Sandy Hook Promise, which was founded by several families of those killed at the tragedy in Newtown nearly four years ago, is unlike any other organization as it focuses on the days, weeks, months or even years before someone decides to use a weapon to hurt themselves or someone else. They do this by providing free training to students, educators, parents and community leaders by knowing the signs of at-risk individuals and how to intervene before they take potentially tragic actions. To date, through its programs, SHP has helped avert a school bombing and shooting plot in Ohio, as well as multiple suicide attempts and other acts of violence.

 

The week of September 19th, MDCPS and SHP will celebrate the partnership and galvanize the students and educators by hosting a weeklong initiative based on SHP’s “Start With Hello” program. The weeklong event will kick-off on Monday, September 19th with a presentation at John A. Ferguson High School, the city’s largest high school with over 4,000 students, with schools across the district participating in themed days throughout the week. Former and current Miami Heat players Alonzo Mourning and Wayne Ellington will speak to Ferguson students at the kick-off, along with Carvalho and Hockley who will speak to students about violence prevention and the importance of SHP’s programs.

 

About Sandy Hook Promise

Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) is a non-partisan national nonprofit formed and led by several family members whose loved ones were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012.  Based in Newtown, Connecticut, SHP’s sole purpose is to prevent gun violence BEFORE it happens so that no other parents experience the senseless, horrific loss of their child.  SHP delivers, at no cost, four Know the Signs programs that teach youth and adults to recognize signs and signals of individuals who may be at-risk of hurting themselves or others and intervene to get them help before it is too late.  SHP’s Know the Signs programs have helped stop a school shooting, multiple suicide and firearm threats, while also intervening to help individuals get mental health assistance.  Additionally, SHP advocates for sensible state and federal violence prevention policy in the areas of mental health and wellness identification, intervention and treatment as well as firearm access and storage. To bring SHP’s Know the Signs programs to your school or community or help advocate for sensible policy, visit sandyhookpromise.org.

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The Gun Law Saving Lives in Connecticut

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A study of CT's gun-violence restraining orders shows that temporarily removing weapons from high-risk people may decrease the number of suicides.

 

Read more at http://theatln.tc/2cwO1GZ

National Call-In Day for Mental Health Reform

Together we took an incredibly important step in July, when bipartisan mental health reform passed the House almost unanimously thanks to supporters like you. But our fight isn't over yet.

These historic reforms still need to get a floor vote and pass the Senate before becoming law, and we only have a few short weeks before senators break for the campaign trail.

That's why we're organizing a nationwide call-in today to make passing this critical bill a top priority. Please make a quick call to your senators now and ask them to urge leadership to bring S. 2680 to the floor for a vote and to vote "yes" on this bill, which will help identify and provide treatment for those with mental health issues:

After countless phone calls and visits to congressional offices about my sweet little Daniel, I can promise your call, however short and simple, will make a real difference. Here are some talking points for your calls:

  • Dial (202) 224-3121, press #1, then enter your Zip Code.
  • Say your name and that you're the senator's constituent.
  • Then, explain that you support S. 2680, the Mental Health Reform Act of 2016.
  • Finish by urging your senator to ask Senate leaders to bring S. 2680 to the floor for immediate consideration and that your senator vote "yes" for mental health reform that will save lives, because too many families and communities have been devastated by untreated mental health issues.
  • That's it! But if you'd like to say more, you can click here to learn more about the key parts of this important bill.

After you finish the call, please click here to let us know. We're keeping track of which senators have been called so we know who still needs to hear from us.

We've advocated for these reforms for over three years now, and I truly believe that by continuing to take action together we can finally get a Senate vote and pass the critical mental health reforms that may help save lives.

There are times when we rely heavily on our Sandy Hook Promise community, and this is one of them. We can't tell you enough how thankful we are to have your support at this crucial moment.

 

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Sandy Hook Promise and More than 50 Groups to Rally on the National Mall for LGBTQ+ Rights, Gun Safety Reforms

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August 12, 2016                                                                     

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Sandy Hook Promise and More than 50 Groups to Rally on the National Mall for LGBTQ+ Rights, Gun Safety Reforms

 

Washington, DC – On Saturday, Sandy Hook Promise and a coalition of 50+ organizations will gather to advocate for LGBTQ+ equality and commonsense gun safety legislation at the Disarm Hate Rally on the National Mall in Washington, DC.

 

Responding to the the tragic shooting at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub in June and a summer filled with senseless gun violence, members of the LGBTQ+ community, allies, advocates, celebrities, religious leaders, and families from around the country will come together to urge legislators to support equal rights for LGBTQ+ citizens and implement responsible gun control reforms to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people.

 

Nicole Hockley of Sandy Hook Promise said, “Gun violence is an issue that affects all of America; no one individual or community is immune. By working together and raising our voices in unity, we can deliver solutions that prevent gun violence for everyone.”

 

WHAT: Rally to Disarm Hate

WHEN: August 13, 2016, 11am – 4pm

WHERE: West Potomac Park (between Independence Ave., SW and Ohio Dr., SW)

Washington, DC

 

Speakers will include actor and writer Harvey Fierstein, LGBTQ+ and gun safety advocate Lelia Spears, and Christine Leinonen, whose son was killed in the Orlando shooting.

 

Participating organizations include: Sandy Hook Promise, Newtown Action Alliance,  Connecticut Against Gun Violence, MomsRising, National Action Network, One Pulse for America, Collective Goods, CeaseFirePA, Washington National Cathedral, The Brady Campaign to End Gun Violence, Americans for Responsible Solutions, Million Mom March, The Trevor Project, Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, Gays Against Guns, Women Against Gun Violence, New Yorkers Against Gun Violence, UNDER THE GUN, States United to Prevent Gun Violence, The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, The Episcopal Diocese of Washington, DC, The Matthew Shepard Foundation, Doctors for America, National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, National Council of Jewish Women, Students United Against Gun Violence, Rabbis Against Gun Violence, Pride Fund to End Gun Violence, All Saints Church of Pasadena, Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, The Vision Quilt, Cuomo Cole Productions, Living For 32, A New Routine for America, Safe Tennessee Project, WERK for Peace, The ENOUGH Campaign, Gun Free UH, Stonewall Democratic Club, Episcopal Peace Fellowship, Greenwich Council Against Gun Violence, Women's Voices Raised for Social Justice, Swish Ally Fund, We The People For Sensible Gun Laws, TOGETHER WE STAND, GunSenseVT, Jewish Women International, Sappho Way Empowerment, The Brown Grrlz Project, and the Committee of Interns and Residents/SEIU Healthcare.

 

Additional information about the rally can be found at www.disarmhate2016.com

 

About Sandy Hook Promise:

Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) is a national, nonprofit organization based in Newtown, Connecticut. We are led by several family members whose loved ones were killed in the tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012 that claimed the lives of 20 first-graders and 6 educators. Sandy Hook Promise is focused on preventing gun violence (and all violence) BEFORE it happens by educating and mobilizing parents, schools and communities on mental health and wellness programs that identify, intervene and help at-risk individuals. SHP is a moderate, above-the-politics organization that supports sensible non-policy and policy solutions that protect children and prevent gun violence. Our intent is to honor all victims of gun violence by turning our tragedy into a moment of transformation. Make the Promise at www.sandyhookpromise.org.

 

 

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Sandy Hook Promise Statement Supporting Maine Background Checks for Gun Sales Initiative

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Sandy Hook Promise Statement Supporting Maine Background Checks for Gun Sales Initiative

 

 

Today, the families of Sandy Hook Promise released the following statement supporting Question 3, Maine’s Background Checks for Gun Sales Initiative:

 

“Sandy Hook Promise strongly supports the effort of Maine voters to require background checks before any gun sale or transfer between individuals who are not licensed dealers.

 

Since the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary where we lost 20 precious children and their dedicated educators, we have learned that only sixty percent of gun sales in America are conducted with a background check for the buyer. Hundreds of criminals fail these checks each year in Maine because, and yet they can easily sidestep this process by buying a gun over the internet or at a gun show without a background check.

 

Universal background checks are a proven and critical tool to help keep guns out of dangerous hands and protect the rights of law-abiding citizens. We are proud to stand with the people of Maine to support this important measure that will empower citizens and save lives.”

 

About Sandy Hook Promise:

Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) is a national, nonprofit organization based in Newtown, Connecticut. We are led by several family members whose loved ones were killed in the tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012 that claimed the lives of 20 first-graders and 6 educators. Sandy Hook Promise is focused on preventing gun violence (and all violence) BEFORE it happens by educating and mobilizing parents, schools and communities on mental health and wellness programs that identify, intervene and help at-risk individuals. SHP is a moderate, above-the-politics organization that supports sensible non-policy and policy solutions that protect children and prevent gun violence. Our intent is to honor all victims of gun violence by turning our tragedy into a moment of transformation. Make the Promise at www.sandyhookpromise.org.

 

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Sandy Hook Promise Statement Supporting Question 1, Nevada's Background Check Initiative

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Sandy Hook Promise Statement Supporting Question 1, Background Check Initiative

 

 

“Sandy Hook Promise strongly supports the effort of Nevada voters to close the background check loophole to help prevent gun violence in their communities.

 

Since the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary where we lost 20 precious children and their dedicated educators, we have learned that background checks are critical to preventing gun violence by keeping firearms out of the hands of dangerous individuals.

 

Nevadans know that this commonsense measure will ensure that people who should not have access to firearms, including criminals and domestic abusers, cannot easily access them. By approving a simple and fast check at point of sale, with reasonable exceptions for family, hunting, and self-defense, Nevada voters will make their communities that much safer for their families and friends.

 

We are proud to stand with Nevada families to support this important measure that will protect all Nevadans and save lives while upholding Second Amendment rights.”

 

About Sandy Hook Promise:

Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) is a national, nonprofit organization based in Newtown, Connecticut. We are led by several family members whose loved ones were killed in the tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012 that claimed the lives of 20 first-graders and 6 educators. Sandy Hook Promise is focused on preventing gun violence (and all violence) BEFORE it happens by educating and mobilizing parents, schools and communities on mental health and wellness programs that identify, intervene and help at-risk individuals. SHP is a moderate, above-the-politics organization that supports sensible non-policy and policy solutions that protect children and prevent gun violence. Our intent is to honor all victims of gun violence by turning our tragedy into a moment of transformation. Make the Promise at www.sandyhookpromise.org.

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Preventing the Next Gun Tragedy: The Work of Sandy Hook Promise

From the Aspen Ideas Festival, watch Nicole Hockley's talk about preventing the next gun tragedy and empowering parents, schools and communities against gun violence — often without even using the word "gun."

Sandy Hook Promise Statement on Recent Shootings in Louisiana, Minnesota and Dallas

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Sandy Hook Promise Releases Statement Regarding Recent Shootings in

Louisiana, Minnesota and Dallas 

 

July 8, 2016 - Our hearts are with the families and communities of Alton Sterling & Philando Castile, the officers and civilians hurt or killed in Dallas, and every person cut down by bullets in this country every single day.

 

The events of last night in Dallas and the shooting deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile are horrific and unacceptable. We MUST and can do better.

 

Gun violence is gun violence is gun violence. Any person's life taken by such violent means is unacceptable.

 

About Sandy Hook Promise

Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) is a non-partisan national nonprofit formed and led by several family members whose loved ones were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012.  Based in Newtown, Connecticut, SHP’s sole purpose is to prevent gun violence BEFORE it happens so that no other parents experience the senseless, horrific loss of their child.  SHP delivers, at no cost, four Know the Signs programs that teach youth and adults to recognize signs and signals of individuals who may be at-risk of hurting themselves or others and intervene to get them help before it is too late.  SHP’s Know the Signs programs have helped stop a school shooting, multiple suicide and firearm threats, while also intervening to help individuals get mental health assistance.  Additionally, SHP advocates for sensible state and federal violence prevention policy in the areas of mental health and wellness identification, intervention and treatment as well as firearm access and storage. To bring SHP’s Know the Signs programs to your school or community or help advocate for sensible policy, visit sandyhookpromise.org.

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