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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  January 15, 2016
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Richmond, VA—On Monday, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Governor McAuliffe, Lieutenant Governor Northam and Attorney General Herring will join the Virginia Center for Public Safety (VACPS), gun violence survivors, and gun violence prevention advocates from across the state for a Vigil to Remember Victims of Gun Violence and Advocacy Day at the State Capitol in Richmond.

Last year, 550 people attended the event. This year, organizers are expecting over 700 participants at the 24th Annual Vigil and Advocacy Day.

VACPS is the sponsor of the event. Participating organizations will include Americans for Responsible Solutions, Baptist Ministers Conference of Goochland, Blue Ridge Coalition Against Gun Violence, Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, Brothers on the Block, Carol Adams Foundation, Charlottesville Coalition for Gun Violence Prevention, Childish! LLC, Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, Community Cultivators Inc., Community Empowerment Ministries of Norfolk, Concerned Citizens Against Gun Violence, Connection Access, Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence, Everytown for Gun Safety, Fairfax County Citizens Against Gun Violence, Million Mom March, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense, Moms Rising, Mt. Lebanon Baptist Church in Norfolk, Operation Black to Light, Pearls of VA Inc., Petersburg Bureau of Police, Prince William County Alliance to End Gun Violence, Progressive Action Network of Roanoke, Project End Gun Violence, Protest Easy Gusn, Reston-Herndon Alliance to End Gun Violence, Saturday Academy for Positive Self-Development, Second Change at Renewing Self, Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Unapologetically Black, Virginia Alliance Against Mass Incarceration, Virginia GVP Coalition and Virginians for Responsible Gun Laws.

Information about the event is as follows. Media is welcome to attend and speak to participants:

WHO: Speakers at the Vigil to Remember Victims of Gun Violence will include:

  • Governor Terry McAuliffe
  • Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam
  • Attorney General Mark Herring
  • State Senator Donald McEachin
  • Andy & Barbara Parker, parents of slain WDBJ journalist Alison Parker
  • Lori Haas, Virginia State Director for Coalition to Stop Gun Violence
  • Andrew Goddard, Richmond Million Mom March Chapter Leader

WHAT:  Vigil to Remember Victims of Gun Violence in Virginia followed by Advocacy Day

WHEN:  Monday, January 18. The Vigil to Remember Victims of Gun Violence will be conducted from 2:00-3:00PM. Participants will then move inside the Capitol building to meet with their legislators from 3:00-5:00PM.

WHERE: Richmond State Capitol. The Vigil will take place at the Bell Tower on the Capitol Grounds.


The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV) seeks to secure freedom from gun violence through research, strategic engagement and effective policy advocacy. CSGV can be found on Facebook and Twitter.

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