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March for Change- Advocating for Safer Gun Laws in Connecticut

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Gun control is an issue that affects people from all walks of life including populations represented by the Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program.

America’s murder rate is:

2 times that of Canada

3 times that of the United Kingdom

4 times that of Australia

5 times that of Spain

10 times that of Iceland and Japan

Countries with homicide rates similar to the U.S. include Niger, Palestine and Yemen

On Thursday, February 14, March for Change in Hartford, CT

March for Change is a local grassroots coalition of activists supporting the enactment of safer gun legislation in Connecticut. They are partnered with Connecticut Against Gun Violence, an organization which has addressed this issue since 1993. On Thursday, February 14th from 11am-1pm, these organizations are planning a rally on the north steps of the Capital building in Hartford, CT.

The Center for Faith and Public Life, in partnership with the Center for Catholic Studies, Peace and Justice Studies, and Service for Justice Residential College, is organizing a bus for faculty, staff, and students who would like to attend this event.

Space is limited.  Please register for a seat on the bus by Friday, February 8th at http://www.fairfield.edu/osl/osl_events.html. The bus will depart from Alumni Hall at 9:15am and return by 3:00pm. If you plan to travel to the event with your own transportation, please register directly on the marchforchange.org website. Walkers are encouraged to wear green and/or white, the colors of Sandy Hook Elementary School.

To learn more about existing gun laws in CT and to stay updated on specific legislation that will be proposed in CT, please visit: http://www.marchforchange.org; http://www.cagv.org/; and http://www.cga.ct.gov/2007/rpt/2007-R-0369.htm For more information on March for Change, please contact Danielle Corea, X 3059, Dcorea1@fairfield.edu.

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