Saturday marks one year since the tragic mass shooting in Aurora, Colorado. Stand with us in honoring the lives lost on that day and those lost every day to gun violence. Click this link to donate a Facebook post and Tweet in remembrance:
NEWTOWN YOGA FESTIVAL
Proceeds to benefit Sandy Hook Promise
SATURDAY, AUGUST 24TH from 10 AM to 4PM
NYA Sports & Fitness at 4 Primrose Street, Newtown, CT.
A community class and conversation with renowned yoga teachers Seane Corn and Beryl Bender Birch. Also: live music, kids' yoga class, outdoor bocce, local vendors and a silent auction.
Reserve a spot online at http://newtownyogafestival.com/. Suggested donation $25.
Today, Olivia Engel would be celebrating her 7th birthday. Last year, she spent her 6th birthday at a princess tea party with her family and friends. She loved to have fun and be silly and we encourage you to find a little time today to laugh. Treat yourself to a dessert, do something nice for a friend, and remember how your life is really very special.
"If we all agree dangerous individuals shouldn't have guns, then shouldn't we take at least the most basic steps to ensure that they can't get around the system simply by going online or buying from someone who's not a licensed gun dealer?"
Today Francine Wheeler, the mother of 6-year-old Ben who was among those tragically lost at Sandy Hook Elementary, testified before the Pennsylvania Judiciary Committee on the subject of background checks.
Jeremy Richman and Jennifer Hensel are the parents of 6-year-old Avielle who was lost in the shooting on 12/14. As scientists, they are using their skills to reduce violence by finding biological indicators that predispose people to it. Read more on how understanding brain health can help keep our families safe.
In the spirit of peace, love and music, Gathering of the Vibes would like to extend an offer of free admittance on Sunday, July 28th for all Newtown Residents and anyone attending The Great Newtown Reunion. Just show up to the gate with a Newtown ID, Utility Bill, or Reunion ticket stub and you will be admitted free!
Visit the Vibes website for more info on the festival and to see the Sunday schedule of artists. Parking fee is $20.
For an in-depth look at Sandy Hook Promise and the history of gun safety in our country, check out this piece by The Brookings Institution.
In faith, we quietly observe this day. It's been 7 months since our loved ones and friends were taken from us. Praying for all those who have lost loved ones to gun violence—we are all family in our common suffering.
And let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we shall reap if we do not grow weary.