Please join us as we pay tribute to those we have lost to gun violence and those who continue working to make the world safer. This year, we will also remember champions of gun safety who we have lost.
Due to the pandemic, we will be broadcasting this using Zoom.
Click on the button below on Friday, December 11 at 7pm.
We are so fortunate that the introductory speaker at our Vigil for Victims and Heroes on Friday will be our national Brady president, Kris Brown. Kris has a background in policy, law and grassroots activism and has been instrumental in organizing Brady’s programs to the best possible advantage in the past several years. She has expanded Brady’s influence by emphasizing the public-health focus of gun violence and has become quite the dependable media star in the process. She lives in Arlington, Va., with her two teenage daughters. Take a look at https://www.bradyunited.org/ to see some of the videos that highlight Kris’ tireless work.
Last week, when the story broke that Donald Trump Jr was considering running for the top spot at the NRA, Brown tweeted “I take pleasure in knowing that Donald Trump Jr. will do for the NRA what he has done for every other cause he’s associated himself with: hasten its demise.”
As a young Black woman and survivor of the Parkland shootings, Aalayah Eastmond has spent more time as an activist than most people twice her age. As an original member of Brady’s Team ENOUGH youth branch, she is asking us to oppose Gov. Ron DeSantis’ proposal that would expand the state’s already discriminatory “Stand Your Ground” law to empower armed citizens to shoot and kill anyone they suspect of looting. “Basically,” Aalayah says, DeSantis “wants to allow murder to be the penalty for property crime in Florida.” And she pointed out in a recent email that research shows “Stand Your Ground” laws are already used to justify the murder of a Black victim by a white perpetrator. Please click here to send a message:
Pictured is Aalayah speaking at the national March For Our Lives rally following the Parkland massacre.
Rep. Anthony Sabatini (R-Howey-in-the-Hills) has refiled the “campus carry” proposal (HB 6001), which did not receive a hearing during the 2019 and 2020 sessions. Similar measures were filed unsuccessfully by other gun-rights supporters in prior sessions and Floridians involved in higher education have consistently opposed the idea of guns on campus. Please let our legislators know you oppose it, too. Click below for phone numbers and email addresses.
After so much work and anticipation, our 4th annual vigil for gun violence victims will take place on Friday. There are so many people to thank! We have spotlighted our speakers, Kris Brown and Fred Guttenberg in our weekly emails, and you’ll hear the many talents of our singer/songwriter, Mindy Simmons, that evening. We are so fortunate to have the skills of Pastor Wes Bixby, at whose church – First Congregational United Church of Christ — we are holding the evening. Pastor Wes, his wife, Gina, and their children, Ethan and Olivia, have provided their considerable technological expertise and will be behind the camera and computers that evening. I’d also like to thank Nancy Goethe, who has done our design work and PR for the event, and Priscilla Crumel, who will be sharing a poem that night. And there are not enough words to thank Jim Crumel, our Events Team leader, who planned this and all the previous vigils.
— Phil and Jacky Ruffini, who have been loyal Bayfront rally attendees and participants at so many other Brady events and committees over the years, send word that they will be moving to Texas in the new year to be closer to family. We wish them well! Phil, who also belongs to Florida Veterans for Common Sense, recently finished a project for that organization documenting the president’s mishandling of the pandemic. It can be viewed on the group’s website: https://floridaveteransforcommonsense.org/.