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Faith & Community Leaders March to OH Statehouse to Demand Gun Violence Solutions Now


September 16, 2019​


Michelle Nealy, mnealy@faithinpubliclife.org, (202) 735-7123
Dan Clark, dclark@faithinpubliclife.org, (614) 648-3663

Faith & Community Leaders March to Statehouse to Demand Gun Violence Solutions Now

Rally and prayer vigil will follow march

Columbus, OH —  On Wednesday, September 18th at 12:30 p.m., faith and community leaders from across Ohio will march to the west side of the Statehouse to call on Ohio state legislators to end gun violence by passing common-sense, comprehensive gun-safety legislation. Following the march, faith leaders will lead the community in a prayer vigil, during which gun violence victims’ names and their families’ stories will be shared. In 2018, gun violence stole the lives of more than 1,500 Ohioans. 


March, rally, prayer vigil for gun-safety legislation


Wednesday, September 18th, at 12:30 p.m.


12:30 – 1:00: March begins at Columbus Commons, ends at west side of the Statehouse

1:00 – 2:30: Rally at the Statehouse

2:30 – 3:00: Prayer vigil on the east side of the Statehouse


Faith leaders, community members, gun violence survivors, parents of children killed by police.

Rev. Dr. Jerome McCorry, Founder and CEO, National Congress on Faith and Social Justice (Dayton)

Avery Martin, Organizer and Strategist, Showing Up for Racial Justice. 

Priya Rashid, Civil and international human rights lawyer (Columbus)

Rev. Chris Jones-Leavy, North Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Lewis Center (Columbus)

Rev. Kristine Eggert, Executive Director, God Before Guns (Cleveland)

David Eggert, Director, Ohioans for Gun Safety (Cleveland)

Rev. Dr. Jack Sullivan, Jr., Executive Director, Ohio Council of Churches (Columbus)

Carolyn Harding, Grassroot Ohio, WGRN (Columbus)

Crystal Logan, impacted person (Columbus)

Ronald Hummons, Mental Health Activist, Author, Filmmaker, State of Emergency on Childhood Trauma (Columbus)

Lisa Simpson, Founder of Richard Risher Foundation (California)

Steven Bo Bo, Pass Gun Reforms Now (Dayton)

Sabrina Jordan, impacted person (Columbus)

Mary Sue Gmeiner, Move to Amend Ohio (Columbus)

Mai Moore, Founder and Executive Director, EYEJ: Empowering Youth, Exploring Justice (Cleveland)

Tania Hudson, impacted person (Columbus)

Rev. Monte Stevens, North Riverdale Lutheran Church (Dayton)

Rev. Joan Van Becelaere, Executive Director, Unitarian Universalist Justice Ohio; Coordinating Committee, Ohio Poor People’s Campaign (Columbus)

Sponsoring organizations: Amnesty International; Columbus Chapter of Showing Up For Racial Justice; Crazy Faith Ministries; Death Penalty Action; De-Escalate Ohio Now; Faith in Public Life; God Before Guns; Gun Violence Survivor Network; LEAD – Leadership for Equality and Action in Dayton; Move to Amend National; Ohio Chapter of Protect our Stolen Treasures; Ohio Council of Churches; Ohio Families Against Police Brutality; Ohio Journey of Hope: From Violence to Healing; Ohio Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival; Ohioans for Gun Safety; Organize Ohio!; Showing Up for Racial Justice, Cleveland Chapter; State of Emergency on Childhood Trauma; The National Congress On Faith & Social Justice; Unitarian Universalist Justice Ohio


Faith in Public Life is a national network of over 50,000 clergy and faith leaders united in the prophetic pursuit of justice and the common good.

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