Statement in response to the shooting at Chabad Poway

Statement in response to the shooting at Chabad Poway

An alliance of Gun Violence Prevention organizations in San Diego issued this statement today in response to the tragedy at Chabad in Poway April 27, 2019:

Our hearts are heavy as we struggle to come to grips with how such a heinous crime is possible in our neighborhoods. We want to most compassionately express our love and support for the Jewish community, this peaceful congregation, and the larger community in shock that such violent act of anti-Semitism is possible.  As others have said, there is something fundamentally broken in our culture when any person in any house of worship has to fear hate, and the threat of gun violence. This is unacceptable. We know that Saturday’s cowardly act of hatred is not representative of the ocean of support the community has for the Chabad of Poway. The threat posed by ignorance and hatred is nonetheless real and threatens all faiths.  If one person in this country is unsafe in their place of prayer, so are we all. We wholeheartedly agree with what Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein, himself injured in this attack, said after the attacks in Christchurch, New Zealand: “Every human being is created in the image of God. Human life is precious.”

We categorically reject anti-Semitism, just as we reject hate directed at any member of our community.

We do not accept religious persecution, blind hate, or the ability of those led by hate to wield weapons of war in our temples, churches, mosques, or any house of worship.

This must end.

As Ronald Lauder, the president of the World Jewish Congress said, “People of all faiths must stand together and declare that we will never tolerate such hatred.” This is not who we are, as a nation or as a city.  Our desire is to be of assistance to those impacted by this tragedy and We seek a way to assist in the healing of this particular community who is in the greatest of pain.

In solidarity,
An alliance of gun violence prevention, as well as national security organizations of San Diego, including:

  • The Truman National Security Project
  • San Diegans For The Prevention of Gun Violence
  • Team Enough San Diego
  • Brady United, and
  • March for Our Lives San Diego
END FAMILY FIRE SCHOLARSHIP COMPETITION

END FAMILY FIRE SCHOLARSHIP COMPETITION

End Family Fire

 

The End Family Fire Scholarship Competition gives students a chance to make a difference through the power of creativity and storytelling.
The competition challenges high school and college-aged students to create a video which speaks directly to adults and aims to bring awareness to the issue of family fire – a shooting involving an improperly stored or misused gun found in the home, which results in death or injury. The video will promote safe gun storage as a way to prevent future family fire tragedies.

 


 

PRIZES

Two (2) winning entries will be selected, one from high school and one from college, and each will receive a $5,000 scholarship to be used toward college, university, or trade school tuition, fees and/or supplies.
The winning entrants will also have the opportunity to have their video used by the Ad Council as an official End Family Fire campaign PSA, with a potential to be distributed nationally to over 1,600 television stations.

 

THE RULES

Before beginning creative production, all applicants must review the official rules, creative brief, and ensure they meet the eligibility requirements to participate in the competition. For those students who are under the age of 18, or are not yet a legal adult in the state in which they reside, they must obtain parent or guardian permission in order to participate in the scholarship competition. Students may not incorporate guns of any kind in the video, including toy or prop guns.

 

HOW TO ENTER

Video submissions are due on June 16, 2019. The winning entries will be announced in late July 2019 and will go live on August 8th, 2019. Please submit all applications via the entry submission form at bit.ly/EFFscholarship.

 


 

This is your opportunity to make a difference. Thank you for helping us save lives!

For more information on the End Family Fire program or scholarship competition, please visit bit.ly/EFFscholarship.

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Student-Led Town Hall to Reduce Gun Violence

Student-Led Town Hall to Reduce Gun Violence

Friday, February, 15   5:30 – 7:30 PM.

Join the students of Team Enough San Diego, as well as students from cities across the nation, as they host a non-partisan town hall meeting with a panel of community leaders and local youth.

This is not a debate, but a respectful forum for asking questions and discussing proposed ways to reduce gun violence in our communities.

Event Details

    • DATE: Friday, February 15, 2019
    • TIME: 5:30 – 7:30 PM
    • WHERE: Proscenium Theater At Canyon Crest Academy
      5951 E Village Center Loop Rd. San Diego, CA 92130
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Women’s March San Diego 2019

Women’s March San Diego 2019

Saturday, January 19, 10 AM –  2PM. 

Join San Diegans for Gun Violence Prevention as we march in solidarity with the community in the third annual Women’s March San Diego. Gun violence affects everyone, and is a particular threat to women in domestic violence situations. Lend your voice (and your feet) to show our elected official across the land that our citizens are engaged and ready to affect lasting, positive change in this country for the welfare of all Americans.

Event Details

    • DATE: Saturday, January 19, 2019
    • TIME: 10 AM – 2 PM
    • WHERE: Waterfront Park (West Side)
      1600 Pacific Highway San Diego, CA, 92101 United States
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