Progressive Women of Pelham is calling upon lawmakers at every level of government to report on what immediate legislative steps they plan to take to protect their constituents from gun violence.
In the aftermath of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, that left 17 people dead, Pelham parents grappled with sending their children to school today given the unchecked gun violence that continues to threaten student safety nationwide.
Members of the community, along with a group of Pelham Memorial High School students led by 11th-grader Violet Massie-Vereker, held a demonstration in front of the school on the morning of February 16th, demanding sensible gun control legislation. Massie-Vereker’s gut-wrenching question for lawmakers, #MeNext? was posted online and garnered nearly 8000 shares overnight, igniting the worldwide #MeNext? movement.
“Students like me are afraid of going to school every day,” says Massie-Vereker. “Lawmakers are more worried about angering the NRA than protecting us. We want an immediate nationwide ban on assault weapons like the AR-15, better mental health services in schools and real background checks. And that's just the beginning!"
According to Business Insider, the United States has logged 30 mass shootings so far in 2018. With many of those shootings in schools, “parents deserve to know how lawmakers intend to ensure the safety of their children in a place where they are required to send them every day,” says PWP co-chair Jennie Driesen. “Why are they not insisting on common sense gun regulations and safety protocols? We do not need our officials to offer thoughts and prayers. Our religious and spiritual communities will do that. We need our elected leaders to lead, and to take some political risks. If they are more worried about keeping their political jobs than they are about fixing this national scourge, then they should not remain in office, and it’s up to us to vote them out.”
A copy of this statement has been provided to the following elected officials:
Donald Trump, President of the U.S.
Mike Pence, Vice-President of the U.S.
Mitch McConnell, Majority Leader of the U.S. Senate
Paul Ryan, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives
Eliot Engel, U.S. Representative for New York’s 16th Congressional District
Charles Schumer, U.S. Senator from New York
Kirsten Gillibrand, U.S. Senator from New York
Andrew Cuomo, Governor of New York
Kathy C. Hochul, Lieutenant Governor of New York
Eric T. Schneiderman, Attorney General of New York
Jeffrey Klein, New York State Senator for District 34
Amy Paulin, New York State Assemblymember for the 88th Assembly District
George Latimer, Westchester County Executive
James Maisano, Westchester County Board of Legislators, District 11
Michael Volpe, Mayor, Village of Pelham, NY
Adam Kagan, Deputy Mayor, Village of Pelham
Xaira M. Ferrara, Trustee, Village of Pelham
Andrea Reinke, Trustee, Village of Pelham
Ariel Spira-Cohen, Trustee, Village of Pelham
Chance Mullen, Trustee, Village of Pelham
Peter Potocki, Trustee, Village of Pelham
Jennifer Monachino Lapey, Mayor, Pelham Manor, New York
Matthew T. McLaughlin, Pelham Manor Trustee
Louis Annunziata, Pelham Manor Trustee
A. Michelle DeLillo, Pelham Manor Trustee
Joseph C. Senerchia, Pelham Manor Trustee
Peter DiPaola, Town Supervisor, Town of Pelham
Dan McLaughlin, Deputy Town of Pelham Supervisor
Blake Bell, Pelham Town Council
Timothy Case, Pelham Town Council
Rae Szymanski, Pelham Town Council