Marie Newman and Robert Emmons Jr., Candidates for Congress against two longtime incumbent Democrats announced that they will co-host a Community Town Hall on Gun Violence this Saturday t the Beverly Unitarian Church, at 10244 S. Longwood Drive.
Newman, who barely lost a primary fight in 2018 to Congressman Dan Lipinski and Emmons, who is challenging Congressman Bobby Rush, will join grassroots community leaders to discuss the daily crisis of gun violence in the neighborhoods. The two progressive candidates promise to commit to common sense solutions
The event is tomorrow from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and is open to the public. For the first half of the event (2:00-3:00 p.m.), we will take questions from community organizations and grassroots leaders who are invested in the gun violence prevention movement. The second half of the event (3:00-4:00 p.m.) will feature audience Q&A and a time for the community to chat directly with the candidates.
According to a media advisory from Newman’s campaign, the two candidates will be bringing local community leaders together to discuss the root causes of this crisis and the work being done at the local level to stop it.
The two candidates called gun violence an epidemic that continues to tear our families apart.
The event is moderated by Berto Aguayo, a recent candidate for Alderman in Chicago’s 15th Ward. The event is co-sponsored by March for Our Lives Chicago and Southwest Suburban Activists. A large crowd is expected.
Marie Newman and Robert Emmons Jr. provided the following comments:
Newman said, “I am running for Congress because our community needs a representative in Congress who will fight for everybody’s every day. And unfortunately, gun violence has become a tragic part of our every day.” “In Washington, I will support the work being done on the ground in our communities by fighting for universal background checks, reinstating the assault weapons ban, requiring gun safety trainings and keeping guns out of the wrong hands.”
As part of the media advisory, Emmons who has blasted Rush for his support of The 1994 Violent Crime and Law Enforcement Act said, “Reducing gun violence is not enough. My campaign is about ending it.”
Emmons added, “We must start by addressing the root causes of this epidemic with investment in our communities – by making sure everyone has access to quality healthcare and mental healthcare, creating jobs, investing in public education, ending mass incarceration and achieving environmental justice. But we can’t do this alone. We need Congress to support our efforts here at home by passing federal commonsense gun safety reforms like establishing universal background checks and keeping AR15s and other weapons of war off our streets.”
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