As today’s Fitzsimon File explains in detail, not a whole lot of good things have happened on either the gun violence or mental health fronts in North Carolina during the two years since the unspeakable tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut:
“The National Alliance on Mental Illness released a report this week that finds reforms have stalled since Newtown with Congress again failing to pass comprehensive mental health legislation.
Efforts in the states are sputtering as well. The report examines the push to increase funding for mental health programs after the deep cuts made during the Great Recession. It finds that many states increased mental health funding in 2013 and some managed to invest more in 2014 too, though not nearly as many.
Only six states in the country slashed mental health funding in both 2013 and 2014. North Carolina was one of them.”
Fortunately, there is something you can do about this absurd situation — right away, in fact. This Thursday evening, December 11 at 7:00 p.m., North Carolinians Against Gun Violence will hold a vigil to mark the second anniversary of Newtown and to organize against future tragedies of this kind. Here are the details:
According to recent statistics, there have been at least 91 school shootings, including fatal and nonfatal assaults, suicides, and unintentional shootings, since the tragic assault in Newtown, CT. Since Newtown, there has been nearly one school shooting per week.
On December 11th at 7pm we will be having a candlelit vigil to remember these victims as well as the 60,000 American victims of gun violence since December 2012.
WHEN : December 11, 2014 at 7pm – 8pm
WHERE: Judea Reform Congregation, 1933 W Cornwallis Rd in Durham – Google map and directions
QUESTIONS? Contact Becky Ceartas at email@example.com or 919-403-7665
Hope to see you there.