With our Representatives finalizing legislation to prevent gun violence right now, join Newtown clergy in demanding Senate action to prevent gun violence. The time for us to act is now. Click to add your name.
Newtown is a small-town – home to a synagogue, a Catholic church, an Islamic Community Center, and five other congregations.
Three months ago, Newtown’s handful of clergy were unwittingly thrown together to bury and eulogize 20 children and 6 educators.
Today, they join forces again to make sure none of our congregations and communities know the same pain.
With critical Senate action on gun violence prevention happening now, 11 Newtown clergy sent a powerful letter to Congress to remind Washington what happened on December 14th. 
Will you stand with Newtown’s brave clergy and tell the Senate Judiciary committee to approve meaningful reforms to protect our children from gun violence?
Your signature will be added to the Newtown clergy letter and taken directly to the Senate Judiciary committee in advance of Thursday’s vote.
If you are a member of the clergy, make sure to identify yourself as one when you sign.
After you’ve signed, forward this message to 3 other people you know personally. Better yet, send it along to a faith leader you know would be interested. We need big numbers if we’re going to make an impact.
In their sign-on letter to Congress, the Newtown clergy write from the heart,
The slaughter of innocence in Newtown awakened our nation to the tragedy of gun violence throughout our land and we shall neither slumber nor sleep. Rather, by tireless commitment, loving hearts and the sustaining promise of our many faiths, we believe that Newtown shall be remembered as the bridge to a new and kinder world!
As people of faith and values, let us stand with our brothers and sisters in Newtown and create a national choir for action, to honor the memory of those who lost their lives at Sandy Hook and prevent future tragedies in every corner of our country.
As we act for justice together, we pray.
We pray that our moral voices can open the hearts and minds of our Representatives to help prevent gun violence.
We pray that our solidarity lends strength to the clergy in Newtown as they minister for peace in a community still healing.
And we pray that our action turns the the ashes of mourning into the oil of gladness for families in Newtown and around the country who have lost children, parents, neighbors, friends – any loved ones – at the end of a gun.
P.S. Groundswell is proud to work with the PICO National Network on this effort. Learn more about the PICO National Network and their inspiring work here: www.piconetwork.org/about
1. “Newtown Clergy Send Letter to Senate Judiciary in Advance of Key Vote on Gun Violence,” March 4, 2013. Signed by:
Rabbi Shaul Praver, Congregation Adath Israel of Newtown, CT
Rev. Matthew Crebbin, Newtown Congregational Church, UCC, Newtown, CT
Rev. Kathleen Adams-Shepherd, Trinity Episcopal Church, Newtown, CT
Chaplain Eman Beshtawii, Al Hedaya Islamic Center, Newtown, CT
Azeez Bhavnagarwala, Al Hedaya Islamic Center, Newtown, CT
Rev. Mel Kawakami, Newtown United Methodist Church, Newtown, CT
Rev. Leo E. McIlrath, Lutheran Home, Southbury, CT
Khatib Mohamed El Safty, Al Hedaya Islamic Center, Newtown, CT
Rev. Jane Sibley, Newtown United Methodist Church, Newtown, CT
Rev. Jim Solomon, New Hope Community Church, Newtown, CT
Rev. Janice Touloukian, Newtown Congregational Church, UCC, Newtown, CT