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The Promise of Innovation

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.

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.

YWCA Shooting

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.

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/11/ywca-shooting-new-hampshire_n_3740079.html

Scout's Angels

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.

Photo: 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.

Avielle Foundation Auction

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.

http://www.aviellefoundation.org/bidding-for-brain-health/

Oak Creek

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.

http://www.sandyhookpromise.org/promise

Unity Riders

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.

http://www.theunityride.com/

The Dogs

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.

http://www.newstimes.com/local/article/Therapy-dogs-headed-to-Newtown-4703644.php

Seussical the Musical

Come show your support for the arts and buy a ticket to Seussical the musical. Your donation will help the foundation 1214 build a landmark Performing Arts Centre in Newtown, Connecticut, in memory of those lost on 12/14. Join us for a night of wonder, whimsy, and laughs for the whole family.

http://www.1214foundation.org/seussical/