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Benicia High School Students – #NEVERAGAIN

Benicia stands with Parkland, Florida following tragic school shooting

North Bay NEVERAGAIN – vigil invitation

Benicia High School students took to the streets and City Park  on Saturday night – and to Twitter, Instagram and Youtube with heartfelt  sorrow and calls for change following the mass shooting at Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.  (Scroll down for video.)

Benicia High students planned an evening vigil for Saturday, Feb. 24.  Students gathered at Benicia High before dark and walked to City Park.  At the Gazebo, they lit candles and honored those who were killed in Parkland.

Planners included Carson Rendell, Enaiya Judkins, Grace French, Meghan Barrett , Chloe Bonini, Karah Fisher, Morgan Bundy, Valentina Quintana, and with media & footage, Chris Weldon & Anders Knutstad.

After the vigil, Chris Weldon wrote:

We had a good turn out with 90% being students. We wore name tags of those who we lost and that are no longer with us. We’ve lost so many in events like Parkland that we ran out of name tags to write names.

We walked from the high school to the gazebo holding signs saying “never again” and wore black. We read stories and such of those who were heros in the tragedy at Stoneman Douglas, we read about each of the victims’ lives and what their plans were, we lost many amazing students and staff in Parkland. All will be missed and were honored. We held candles and had a moment of silence in remembrance of those 17 lives and all lives lost in other mass shootings at schools.

Benicia Students read statements they wrote about the change they would like to see in our country and the steps we as a country need to take. We came together and honored those that we lost and we will continue in the never again movement.

Weldon and Anders Knutstad posted video footage on YouTube:

For more, see Twitter: “North Bay|#NEVERAGAIN – @nbayNEVERAGAIN – Students from North Bay, California working towards ending gun violence. We stand in solidarity with the survivors of MSD.  [Link to national: #NeverAgain“]

And more on Instagram: northbayneveragain “North Bay Never Again –  Students from North Bay, California working towards ending gun violence. We stand in solidarity with the survivors of MSD.  #NeverAgain

From your Benicia Independent Editor:  Never in Benicia, Never Again!  It’s time for our elected leaders to take long overdue action to limit the senseless slaughter.  See more on the BenIndy here.
– R.S.

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    2-Page Ad in The New York Times Calls Out NRA-Backed Members of Congress

    Repost from AdWeek
    [Editor: see image at bottom of this article for the ad showing a list of YOUR representatives who have taken NRA money – along with their office phone numbers.  – RS]

    Powerful and informative 2-page ad by Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America

    By Kristina Monllos, February 21, 2018

    Two gun control groups, Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, have taken out a two-page ad in today’s The New York Times listing members of Congress who have accepted donations from the National Rifle Association.

    Following last week’s mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., the groups created an action plan, #ThrowThemOut. The ad, which cost $230,000 and was created by the groups with help from strategic communications firm SKDK, is part of that plan.  >>MORE…keep reading!

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      Benicians debate Rep. Mike Thompson’s views on assault weapons

      February 21, 2018
      [Editor: UPDATE: See how Thompson’s views have changed:  He now says that “military grade automatic and semi-automatic assault weapons “do not belong in the hands of citizens.”   – RS]

      PREVIOUSLY POSTED MATERIAL from a Facebook page has been removed at the request of a member of the PRIVATE  Facebook group, Benicia Indivisible For Justice.   Material removed showed a lengthy debate on Rep. Thompson’s views on assault weapons.  Contact Mike here.

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        An exploding gun control movement! THREE GREAT RESOURCES

        February 21, 2018

        Maybe THIS TIME, we will make the difference.  Here are some links to efforts to create a strong and effective movement for gun control legislation.  – RS, Editor

        EVERYTOWN.org – 7 Actions You Can Take to Prevent Gun Violence

        Every day, 96 Americans are killed with guns. We’re counting on supporters like you to take action that will help us pass common-sense laws and implement policies that will save lives.  [MORE]

        noNRAmoney.org – National campaign to elect only candidates who do NOT take money from the NRA

        NoNRAMoney.org was created for the sole purpose of telling candidates they must reject and denounce the NRA or they don’t get our votes. The simplicity of Grover Norquist’s No New Tax pledge but used for good not evil.  Time to make the NRA radioactive.

        • CANDIDATE PLEDGE: A Pledge By Elected Officials and Candidates that they will not take NRA money nor tout NRA ranking but will pursue common sense gun laws.
        • VOTER PLEDGE: A Pledge by Individuals to oppose any candidate for any office who takes NRA money or touts a favorable rating by the NRA.

        Washington Post: Have your representatives in Congress received donations from the NRA?

        Click here, then click on your state

        Since 1998, the National Rifle Association has donated at least $4.1 million to current members of Congress. Explore below to see how much money has been donated to members of Congress in your state.

        Click to go to Washington Post. Then click on your state.

        For LOCAL March For Our Lives information, see Vallejo-Benicia Indivisible on Facebook, or go to March For Our Lives on Facebook, or check out Everytown above.
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