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Crucial Conversation — A year after the Charleston tragedy: Growing hope for saner anti-gun violence policies

N.C. Policy Watch presents a special Crucial Conversation luncheon:

A year after the Charleston tragedy: Growing hope for saner anti-gun violence policies

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It’s been nearly a year since the horrific tragedy in Charleston, South Carolina in which nine attendees at a Bible study at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church were shot down and murdered on June 17, 2015. Sadly, for many Americans, the Charleston church shooting has quickly become lost in a seeming blizzard of such catastrophes. Sandy Hook, Virginia, Tech, San Bernardino – the list of American mass shootings seems to go on without end.

And yet, as we approach the one year anniversary of Charleston, there are frequent and significant flickers of life in the movement for saner gun laws. Not only does polling continue to indicate large, growing and, in some cases, overwhelming public support for tougher and smarter laws, there is clear evidence that the grassroots movement is finding significant new energy. Here in North Carolina, we see this newfound energy and activism in the work of groups like North Carolinians Against Gun Violence [2] and the North Carolina Council of Churches [3], which will be sponsoring a “Stand Up Sabbath” in congregations throughout North Carolina on the weekend of June 18-19.

Join us as we discuss these and several other encouraging developments with:

State Senator Floyd McKissick, JrState Senator Floyd McKissick, Jr. of Durham — McKissick is an out spoken for proponent smarter gun laws and was, himself, gun violence victim at an earlier time in his life.

Rev. Kylon MiddletonRev. Kylon Middleton — Rev. Middleton pastors the Mount Zion AME Church in Charleston, a sister church to Emanuel that stands just a few blocks away. He was a close personal friend of Rev. Clementa Pinckney, who was murdered at Emanuel last June.

Rev. Jennifer CopelandRev. Jennifer Copeland — Rev. Copeland is the Executive Director of the North Carolina Council of Churches and one of the driving forces behind Stand-up Sabbath.

Don’t miss this very special event!

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When: Monday, June 6, at noon — Box lunches will be available at 11:45 a.m.

Where: Center for Community Leadership Training Room at the Junior League of Raleigh Building, 711 Hillsborough St. (At the corner of Hillsborough and St. Mary’s streets)

Space is limited – pre-registration required.

Cost: $10, admission includes a box lunch.

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Questions?? Contact Rob Schofield at 919-861-2065 or [email protected] [4]