tv Key Capitol Hill Hearings CSPAN August 17, 2016 2:12pm-4:13pm EDT
we've agreed to swap the names of the victims out every few weeks that followed cnn and gap and demand better for children but it isn't working, folks. that is a. tell me why the hell you are still here. i'll tell you why because you allow yourself to believe you're not strong enough to win this fight. i'll donate my money i don't trust that someone else is going to make things change. how's that been working so far? it isn't working there i know i will upset many people with his speech and my message today, and for those who get upset, i say good. i woke you up. get upset because your complacency is why we are dying. we have not lost is that because the other eight that because the other eight or they can lobby or stronger. we have not won this fight is far because we can't get her egos and our asses out of our own way. that changes today. [cheers and applause]
[inaudible] >> and our religion and we would mayor a steady -- why? because we are more alike than we are different but we spent an entire lifetime to find our differences instead of appreciating them. we must stop using the labels that others have placed on us. they keep us from talking to each other and standing together. we can't fight the real enemy if we keep fighting each other. look at the cross-section of every race, religion, sexual orientation and color today. that is what america is. it is us. [applause] everyone kept asking what the lgbtq rights and gun law reform have to do with each other. i just used to say out loud. 43,000. do you know what that number is?
it's the estimate of number of hate crimes against lgbtq people between the years 2010-2014 that involved again. tell me again why the issues don't go together? today we will make, today will feel like a day of overwhelming sadness and grief at times. take a moment and catch your breath as you the story one after another. find hope in the love and the smiles in the hearts of the standing next to you and those who cannot be here today. hope is actually still alive. we have lost so many, we've lost so much in so many needlessly. we must celebrate august 13 as the data we stood up and not look behind us to the days that they fell down. [applause] we have to keep fighting but we can't -- [inaudible] keep working together to win this fight. we don't need big parties or elaborate events. we need to use it for grassroots
efforts to force a political process to reflect the defense of the majority. millions of lives are depending on us to do just that. the average donation for today's event was $21. that will play today action represents the people. we must vote answer to the future for our families and our friends. we will never agree on everything, but if we can agree on something then we have a place to start and work from. i was asked what the short-term and long-term goals i wanted to achieve by holding this rally today. i responded that my short-term goal was to prove that we can eliminate the boundaries and labels and stereotypes long enough to realize we can stand together and make august 13 a reality. we did that. look around you. my long-term goal is to be able to say to my friends, children and nieces and nephews and complete strangers 20 or so that as they pass me wearing their
faded disarm hate 2016 faded t-shirts. thank you for keeping the dream alive and still standing together to disarm hate. that's not something i have over control over like today's gathering but you do. i'm passing the torch to you and baking to do not let the flame go out. sandy hook, altavista, columbine, dallas. the list goes on and on. daily life in an urban city like chicago or orlando. don't let them become yesterday's headlines because it happened again. that's your choice to make. thank you. [applause] >> welcome everybody. i am a hospital chaplain. so i'd like to ask everyone to,
actually before us a prayer of want to say that i would see gunshot was in hospital and have to be with family members. it's such a dramatic thing. so any kind of hate is traumatic. i'd like to gather all of the hearts and minds right now to invoke the presence here for us. okay? so let us bow our heads. gracious god, you come to us in many forms, many voices. we know that your sophia, wisdom. we know that you are a rock, rock, in times of desperate need. i pray for all the people here today who serve a common purpose. i pray for all those who have lost family members to gun violence. i pray for all those who are just subjected to any kind of violence, in any kind of hatred. we know that in scripture and in
other faiths and other religions that span the world, the one thing we know that you are his love. and we know that you accept all of us, no matter who we are, and that you look each of us so dearly. and kite's each day in our lives. so i pray today for everyone here, for families, for the world. hatred. for our nation's capital, and the hatred that we are experiencing right now as a result of this presidential campaign. we ask that love overcome everything and that we lean on one another. what we know to be true is that hate begins in the home. we come out loving. we are loving creatures. and so help each of us to raise our children, friends, family and love because love conquers all. i ask all of these things in your name, and guide us all as we leave this place today,
safety, get us home safe, get us back to her family and friends and but to spread what we know you to be, and that islam. love is, lobbyists, love is love. amen. [applause] >> ladies and gentlemen, aurora sexton. [applause] >> thank you. good afternoon. my name is aurora sexton. i'm a writer, a performer, a newfound activist. i am an american. and like you i knew because there is something profoundly wrong happening in our society. and i can no longer bury my head in the sand hoping someone else will find a solution. i grew up in the picturesque state of colorado not very far
from the columbine massacre. i entered my teens in the wake of the denver university campus shootings. i begin find out who i was as a person, as i bared witness to the murder of matthew shepard. growing up in the lgbtq community i saw with my own eyes the pain and violence inflicted on my friends by religious conservatives and the politicians they help elect to o office. by families who force their children into conversion therapy torture or voted out on the street to fend for themselves. my community is a bright and vibrant tapestry made up of people of every page, color, creed, gender, orientation and walk of life seeking nothing more than a place of refuge, love and acceptance. of family. and that is what made the shooting at pulse nightclub so horrific.
it wasn't just the beautiful 49 brothers and sisters we lost. it wasn't just a shout if you of safety we have always felt together. it was in the aftermath that some people praised the worst mass shooting in modern american history. 49 less sodomites in the world. i think that's a good thing. i wish he had killed more. i think all homosexuals should be lined up and shot. what kind of country are we living in where the disgusting display of harvestable gertie is okay or acceptable? what kind of country are we living in where our conservative elected officials can't even acknowledge that the pulse the dems were lgbtq? senate majority leader mitch mcconnell omitted any mention of case when talking about the
massacre. representative pete sessions claimed that pulse wasn't a gay club. marco rubio, pam bondi and rick scott of florida jumped in front of the cameras before the bodies of our brothers and sisters had gone cold to thank the sadness and concern for the same gay community that they've worked against the entirety of their political careers. entered them, i should say -- i say shame on you. [cheers and applause] >> -- [inaudible] undeserving of love, equal rights and acceptance. and that transgender women like myself and many lgbtq people i represent are predators and would be attackers with an agenda to destroy the fabric of society's and the last your wife and children. let me tell you something, when i put on airplay for three hours
and a morning to the bathroom, it's not to peek under your stall. i'm just saying. [laughter] [applause] and the same elected officials who continue to ignore the will of the people that demand sensible, lawful gun reform. it is the same politicians thaty continue to ignore the need for background checks and mental health evaluations. is safe to ignore the mountain of evidence and dead bodies, the same refused to acknowledge that some automatic weapons of war that modem people eyed blades of grass did not belong on our streets. [cheers and applause] the inner a and the money -- does not speak for america. we speak for this country and we demand reform now. [cheers and applause] i want to make it perfectly clear i'm not against owning a gun or the right to defend yourself.
i live in nashville, tennessee, a place where guns are as common as this gets in crazy. and i will admit they made me nervous at first until i was trained to fire one. and if i so desired, i can legally purchase one. i would have no problem submitting to background checks or a mental-health evaluation to get one. just like 90% of the american public is asking for. i'm not here to dismantle the second amendment. i'm lucky because i want to be. i knew because i must be. [applause] i could have the honor and to suggest serving my community this year as the reigning miss gay u.s.a. [cheers and applause] a pageantry system that affords the opportunity for transgender women like myself to showcase their talents, traveled the country and make a positive impact in the lgbtq community we
work with. i cannot stress enough, there is a lot of work to be done. lester was the highest murder rate on record for transgender people in the united states, specifically trans women of color. thanks to heightened visibility over the years and mention society, lgbtq people are not just proportionally targeted more than any other group for violent so because of who we are and who we love. orlando was a shocking wakeup call. and a painful reminder of the long history of violence and hate that our community has endured for decades. the victims of that night and the thousands that died before them didn't ask to be martyrs for a cause. it to navigate agenda or want to shove their lifestyles to anyone's throat. they simply wanted to live their lives as who they were born to be, to live in this incredible country where we are taught that
you can be anything you want to be. no matter what side of the i understood on, i think we can all agree that we are at a point in our nation's history where we can plunge into the abyss of hate and division that has been so widely displayed these past few months, or pour ourselves back together as americans and remind ourselves what makes us decent and good. we can't solve all of our problems overnight, but we can start by the little more kind to each other. having a more open mind toward people who we may not agree or understand, and a willingness to put the lives of our fellow man before party or profit. that is the america i know. that is the america i love. and that is the country that i am proud to be a part of. we are all in this together. thank you so much for your time. [applause] may god bless america. thank you. [cheers and applause]
>> thank you, i were. ladies and gentlemen, to the left, water and ice. grab some water and keep an eye on your partner. look out for each other. if the heat is getting to you, please look out for each other. thank you very much. please welcome to the stage jeremy cronig, students united against gun violence. [cheers and applause] >> hello, disarm hate. [applause] >> good morning. my name is jeremy cronig. i'm a student at the ohio state university and the founding chair -- go box -- adventure of students united against gun violence. we are a young organization both in a recent creation and demographics. after the tragedy that took place in orlando, florida, in june i felt as though i could not hear the news of any more violence and not take action.
and in talking with other students, we realized that our boys had to be represented in this fight against gun violence, and that we needed to do something. so we did. we founded students united, even before this coming school year has begun, we are engaging thousands of students, their peers, family members and friends. we are focusing on being active participants in the national dialogue on making change, while also working on local initiative where we have students on the ground. we are not a token youth voice. we are an equal voice in this conversation demanding change on this issue. [applause] and this is so important. this is so important because students and young people are disproportionately affected by gun violence. we experienced this on college campuses, in movie theaters, in nightclubs and in the inner
cities around our country. yet we are rarely a part of the conversation on doing something about it. and youth need a voice at the table when it comes to solving the issues that bring about gun violence, and we as students united against gun violence are making that happen. we are incredibly proud that so many students here today for all across the country joined you at disarm hate 2016. you see young people don't ask for change. we demand it. we demand it and think that because we have big problems to solve. some people would call this naïve and some people would call this childish but i call it hopeful. we don't accept the notion of the status quo. we work to break the fixation on how things have always been in order to find better ways to solve the problems of our world.
donations than keeping their own alive. most young people look to the future with hope. we must tap in the this sentiment in order to inspire action to everyone to stop the violence plaguing our nation. look, i am standing here today as a heterosexual white male from the suburbs. the gun violence of the inner city will likely never reach by door step the gun violence of hate will likely never meet my door step but it doesn't mean i will turn a blind eye to injustice. i care deeply about what is happening in the country and care about the fear of right to leave without fear for all people. through my leadership i am willing to make that fight a reality.
such a diverse group here today, i am reminded of an interpretation by an old jewish scripture. talking of the fight of injustice that is so prevalent today. he writes the good in us will win over all the wickedness, the wrongs we have done, and we will look back at the pages of written history and be amazed and then laugh and sing and the good that is in us, the good that is in us children in their cradles, will have won. our hearts beat with certainty that there is a day and an hour and a mountain called zion and that all of the sufferings will gather all and become song, ringing out into the every corner of the earth from end to end and the nations will hear it. and like the caravans in the
desert we will alter that throng. disarm hate 2016 on this august morning i ask you do our heart beats with certainty? will the good in us win? i believe that that day and that hour is now. and that we will look back at the pages of written history and be amazed that starting today, gathering here today, started a movement. we are starting a movement that will ring out into the every corner of the earth from end to end and through the work we do together our nation and our elected officials will hear us. it is not time to despair, my friends. it is time to hope for we have too much work to do. thank you. [applause]
>> ladies and gentlemen, [inaudible] >> the vision guilt takes inspiration from the aids quilt that moved the country from fear to connection. since 1987, 54 tons of aids quilts are being made and exhibited. like the aids quilt, the vision quilt is a grass root effort to mobilize people to create change. we invite people of all ages including gunowners to share their visions about how to prevent gun violence. in less than a year, panels have been made by people ages 3-96 including survivors of violence and even by the men in the san quintan prison in san francisco. 60 youth and veteran in chicago
are making panels this summer. incarcerated youth in oakland made a panel that said stop putting america down, lift it up without gun violence. when people share their visions about how to prevent gun violence they make an investment in creating change. they move from helplessness to action. and the vision quilt creates space for earnest dialogue. a gun owner from generations of gun owner made this panel that says be the change; together we can end senseless gun violence and injured people. a mother wrote this panel and said end the suffering on both sides of the trigger. after orlando, someone made a
panel that said disarm hate with equality, justice, respect and education. they stay in schools, libraries, places of worship and used in rallies like this one. so the memorial church in san francisco are wearing these panels as they do silent protests outside of gun shows in the bay area. we need to move our country from fear to connection. we have a crisis of imagination in this country. what we imagine we can create. we can change our country. the power of art brings people together.
we invite all of you to embrace the vision quilt, to begin it in your town or city and if you can imagine going to your next rally or your next talk with your legislature bringing panels like this with you made by children, gun owners, and grandmothers. the panels will do the work for you. one panel at a time, one conversation at a time, together we can prevent gun violence. join us at visionquilt.org. bless you all. [applause] >> ladies and gentlemen: [inaudible] >> hello, everyone i am lilia sears and i am here honored to
speak on behalf of my family and the groups moms rising. i am a d.c. public school teacher and i am so honored to be speaking in front of you today. [applause] >> this has been a heartbreaking summer. we have seen people of color continue to be the victims of police violence. we have seen police shot by a sniper while working at a peaceful protest. we have seen d.c. trans women killed because of the violence of transphobia. it should not be this way. your nation has enough guns in order for every single person to have one. that is enough. this doesn't even begin to include the devastating fasker we saw in orlando of our latino brothers at a flub. brothers and sisters, excuse me.
this doesn't include the terribly sad list of the everyday gun violence we experience in the community. as citizens of a country that has more guns than it does people. as a queer woman the orlando massacre shook me to my core. my wife, latina heritage, made the attack all the more personal and devastating. i have never been ashamed of who i love or who i am and i have never been afraid to share -- thank you. it is a little difficult. i have never been afraid to share and be open about who i am and who i love until now. this is the worst attack on the gay community in my lifetime. we are afraid to take our young children to queer events for fear there may be a lone attacker in the audience willing and aiming to harm us. it shouldn't be this way. the simple truth is it is far
too easy for violent people to get guns. we now live in a country that has over 300 million guns in circulation. that is enough for every man, woman and child to have one. it is more than enough. as far as i am concerned we should stop there. gun violence has permiated every space of society. i have to worry as a teacher will my school experience a school shooting every day as i go to work. will my young children, as i send them off to school, have to fear for a school shooting as well? it shouldn't be this way. we have this fear when we go to a movie, when we go out dancing. these are things we enjoy as a culture and we have to be afraid that we may be the target of someone's gun. we may be found on the other side of someone's gun.
it shouldn't be this way. i am scared, i am heartbroken and i am angry this is where we are as a country. but more than anything i am determined to speak up and speak out and say we have to make this stop. we must, must implement stronger background checks. we must get high capacity ammunition off the street. we must get military-grade assault weapons out of the hands of dangerous individuals. and we must stop racial profiling that makes black people in our country fearful to walk down the street. we will not stand for islam islamaphobia or racism as we
work to make the community safer for families. i want to live in a world that respects diversity and knows love is love no matter where you cut it. no one should be afraid to be who they are. we can't create a safer, better world were our families and our communities, but we have to start and we have to start now. who is with me? >> ladies and gentlemen: [inaudible] >> good afternoon, everybody. thank you for braving the heat for this important rally. i am dr. kelly. a new physician and the national
president of the american medical student association. we represent over 40,000 physicians in training and are the oldest and largest student-run non-profit association in america. we stand for health equity, quality and fight for patient's rights. we believe in the universal declaration of human rights that states all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and right. they are endoweded -- endowed with reason and conscious and should act toward one another in a personhood. we have not witnessed this to be upheld during the events in mrub or all events involving firearms after. we will continue to urge legislation, community programs, and education from health care professionals regarding gun safety, pursepersevering the fi
for looking into guns violence, and stand for federal violence prevention which calls for a ban on assault weapons and high capacity magazines and universal background checks. as physicians in training we will continue to stand in solidarity with the lgbtq community recognizing that discrimination based on gender and sexuality stems from common roots in sexism. we oppose all discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity and will continue to uproot bigotry and hatred and fear. we will stand up for our communities and stand unwavered and prove that love wins always. thank you. -- unwaivered.
>> ladies and gentlemen, i would like you to please turn to the video monitor. now we have a sneak peek of a forth coming psa still in production called cell phones. it was created and filmed and edited by mrb films. this is a special preview before a special group of brothers and sisters. we believe love will always trump hates. ♪ till it happens to you, you don't know how i feel ♪ ♪ how i feel [applause]
>> ladies and gentlemen please welcome to the stage, a great friend of mine flew in from california. i met randi driscoll a decade ago volunteering with the matthew shepherd foundation. afterma afterma afterma after his death she wrote a beautiful song called what matters and has been singing it every insurance. she is here to right a brand new song she wrote for the rally in orlando. it is called we can do better. >> hello, how are you? you are beautiful is what you are! i am so glad you are here. apologies for the heat.
i didn't do it but you are doing great. keep hydrated. that is a psa. i have known jason for a long time. when i first saw the post of him dreaming this up i said that is going to happen because i know jason and if he says so it will be. i was sitting in my apartment a month ago and watching the news like everyone was, trying to make sense of it all, trying to think how to process it. and a dear friend, kevin robinson, who arranged by chorus for what matters sent me a message and said have you written anything and i said no, i haven't been able to. and then the world just kept getting worse. it seemed like things kept happening. i couldn't have the television on if i knew my daughter was going to be anywhere near the living room.
i went upstairs when i had ten free minutes and i said if something comes in this ten minutes i have then i have something to say and if nothing comes that is okay, too. what came out is a song i would like to share with you today. i am so proud and honored to be here surrounded by so many people trying to create change. very, very strong people telling their story. people came from a long, long ways away to be here. i stand with you. so i am going to sing to you right now. >> here is a look at some programming later today while the music take place. former defense secretary and cia director robert gates talks about his book, a passion for leadership; lessons on change and reform from 50 years of public service.
that airs at 7 p.m. eastern. u.s. history through the decades tonight. claire binging, witness to the revolution; radicals, resisters, vets, hippies and the year that america lost its mind and pound its soul. howard means, "67 shots; kent state and the end of innocence. "and then steve olsen talking about eruption; the untold story of mount helens. back to the disarm hate rally from surveillance transparency act in washington now. ♪
>> ladies and gentlemen, randi driscoll! >> thank you for being here. love wins! it better. love you. have a good day and drink water! >> ladies and gentlemen, please welcome to the stage: [inaudible] [applause] >> my name is dr. sanjeep and i am a member of doctors for america. [applause] >> i am a pediatrician in southeast d.c. in the backyard of congress. we identify mass shootings by
hash tags and geographic location but doctors know the public literature of gun violence is hurting the communities in between the tragedies, too. every year between newtown, connecticut and san bernardino, california 20,000 americans commit suicide with a gun. every month, between aurora, california and orlando, florida, over 50 women are shot and killed by domestic abuseer . every day we know okay cliff, wisconsin and tucson, arizona 90 american lives with taken by gun violence. these are our mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, grandparents, friends, classmates, and they are my patients. they are struggling with gun
violence while many are turning a blind eye, deaf ear, and cold heart to this public health crisis. many parents are asking what are we going to do about all of this? right now! more than 10,000 children are shot and killed each year by homicide, suicides, and unintentional shootings. that is more than heart defects, cancer and infection. children are always injured and killed in car crashes. but you know what is interesting? when any of us from the public health community talk about keeping people safe with seatbelts, speed limits, we have a civil grownup conversation with car manufacturers, law enforcement and the cdc. no one is calling the doctors communist or threatening to take away our medical license. gun lobbyists have been bullying
doctors and public health professionals for a long time. since 1996, gun lobbyists like the nra useded the -- used the dickey amendment to keep the cdc from looking into gun violence. some of our best and brightest minds are using research to save millions of lives from smoking, car accidents and drowning and those same method can help end gun violence. 20 years of ignoring questions that public health experts want to solve to help save thousands of americans from gun violence. 20 years of unanswered questions. since 1996, we have learned answers to other questions. will ross and rachel make it as a couple on friends? will tom cruise keep doing mission impossible movies? are there worse songs than the
macarana? there are more important questions we should have worked on in the last 20 years. here are some questions public health officials want to work on. they want to know what kinds of programs and support help families stop gun violence among young people? how does gun storage, the way a gun is stored, effect the decision to use that gun in a suicide attempt? what characteristics tell the difference between mass shootings that were prevented and those carried out? imagine if the cdc and nih had funding to answer those questions. that is why we need congress to end the ban and properly fund gun violence research. i am not the only doctor who knows this. over 140 medical groups including doctors for america, the american medical
association, the american academy of pediatrics, and american others are demanding congress to support gun violence research at the cdc and nih. let's end the ban and end gun violence. our fellow americans need to be part of the changes and policy and culture that will end gun violence. we can stop another american town from becoming a mass shooting hash tag. we can guide families with mental illness or domestic violence toward recovery instead of tragedy. ending the ban on cdc gun violence research and letting doctors ask about guns are the steps week take together on this very long and difficult journey to end gun violence. the time to start is now. thank you. [applause]
>> ladies and gentlemen please welcome to the state, state grads from new routine for america. >> thank you, all. it is wonderful to see so many beautiful people out on a scorcher of a day. it is hot up in here in washington. i want to introduce myself. i am faith grant. for those that don't know me, new routine for america got started when american was once again reeling from a mass shooting on a college campus. a community college in oregon. i was one of the millions of americans who said to myself, really? this has happened yet again? we are back here again? didn't we just say this could never happen again after the violence of roanoke?
after the violation of charleston? after the horror of newtown. i was tired of hearing myself say not enough was being done. i heard president obama's call to action that night when he said somehow this has become routine. it struck me as a truth i could not live with one day longer. so we rallied in front of the white house and we said enough! nearly one year later we are here, standing together with extraordinary commitment to get out of our routine and be the change we wish to see in the world. and we truly can be that change. as margaret mead herself said so well "never doubt a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world" mead, it is the only thing that
ever has. so, let me acknowledge each of you for being part of this day and this effort to set aside cynicism and change the world with love and compassion because to get out of bed after the massacre of orlando, pulse, and the nightmare of dallas, the violation of virginia tech, the heartbreak of san bernardino, and the gore of aurora, it will take every ounce of hope, courage, and compassion we have to face a new day and to call for a new routine in america which is what we are here to do today. we are here to tell our leaders that we have woken up from the nightmare and we have shaken off our cynicism. we are wide awake and we are
ready to rally. we will not be lulled back into a false sense of security. we will not make promises to our children and our loved ones that we cannot keep. so today, what i hope you will take away from this rally is commitment to hold our leaders responsible for the promises they make to keep our safe above all, in all the public places we gather to work, to play, to learn, to love, to pray. what i believe has been missing in the voice -- sorry. what i believe is missing is the voice and the awesome power of those americans who want to see common sense rules of the road for guns and those who chose to own them. those americans who cherish their families, their health, and their safety above all. let's never forget that we are the majority!
we need to keep reminding those around us and our leaders here in washington of that fact. we cannot continue to pretend or agree that this is an issue that only liberals and democrats care about. we have to look beyond party and ideology to find a common ground that unites us in pursuit of solutions that save lives. we have to stop make other people wrong for their personal politics and get committed to working together and motivating our leaders to take action. we can't perpetuate the gridlock in washington in debates with neighbors and colleagues. we are a large and ruckus democracy and a beautiful one and we can find common ground and come together to prevent gun violence from taking away our freedom and our joy.
ultimately, our democracy is in our hands. we have to believe that in order to get out of bed every day and fight for our children's future, our loved one's future and the future of our country. thank you! [applause] >> ladies and gentlemen, tarantino from the washington campaign. >> i live in stanford, connecticut. i am a mom, wedding efficient and ally to there lgbtq community. three and a half years ago my focus shifted from performing weddings to being a gun violence prevention activist in one instant. the morning of december 14th,
2012 i received a phone call from a friend of mine in new jersey asking where my kids went to school and how close i was to newtown. she told me about the horrific attack of local sandy hook elementary school where 20 first graders and six educators were murdered by a gunman. my children did not go to sandy hook but i frantically contacted the women in my mom's group whose kids go to sandy hook. it was a collective trauma. less than a day later, my friends and i were gathered in a living room to make sense of the massacre. we were shocked, we were crying, and we were asking how could this happen? we were motivated to make a change for the better. out of our meeting rose the enough campaign. a local community action gun violence prevention group.
the enough campaign demands safe neighborhoods free from military-style weapons and high capacity ammunition. we demand a federal law requiring a criminal and mental health background check on every single firearm sold in america. we demand that gun trafficking be declared a federal crime with strong penalties on every single straw purchase. but as you all know, it has been an uphill battle getting congress to take action on gun reform. vote after vote after vote gun safety keeps getting passed up in favor of stagnancy. in favor of nothing. but we are not giving up. the enough campaign and the gun violence prevention movement look to the lgbtq community as models of civic action.
following the horror of america's worst mass shooting in history, ripping another 49 precious lives from their loved ones at pulse nightclub in orlando this last june. we stand together to condemn hate of all kinds. hate drives people to perform unspeakable acts. this community has an inspiring history of standing up, shouting out, fighting back, and transforming the landscape of america for the better. we are inspired by them. the stonewall rights of 1959 lay the framework of what was to become the lgbtq movement in support of the communities across the globe. since then the gay community and
allies found their voice and stood up to oppression of all kinds. we fight and we fight and we fight! we fought for the matthew shepherd law, we fought for recognition, federal recognition of gay marriage, and we are still fighting for transgendered rights. but what would have happened if we had remained silent? no community knows better than the guy community that silence equals death. we both want to prevent suicide and domestic violence. we want to eradicate hate crimes. we seek peace and social justice and while every individual in each group plays a unique part in changing systemic underlying problems, a common denominator
in the shared concerns, is the easily accessibility of guns. congress needs to take action to address gun violence but on this issue we have a sitting congress that does nothing but sit. congress has remained silent on gun violence and silence equals death. now it is time, once the legislative sessions begins, to step forward and reshape congress. call your lawmakers at the capitol hill switch board and tell them we are tired of their inaction. we refuse to be silent. tell them you demand safer gun laws such as background checks for all guns sold in america and a ban on military-style weapons on our civilian streets. every day we grieve and every day we act. it is time to show congress and the entire country that we won't be silent.
today i am charging you with a task. you are going to stand up, get loud, make your voices heard, vote gun safety. the disarm hate rally doesn't not end today. you keep it going. do what you do best and don't give up! [applause] >> ladies and gentlemen please welcome to the stage jose, founder of the hispanic lgbtq history project. >> thank you. good morning, everybody. i am the founder of the latino
lgbtq history and the latino pride. i am very proud to be here. we are really concerned by the incident in florida, in miami, florida, in the pulse bar in which 49 latinos and latinas were killed. that affects the community. [speaking in native tongue] >> please, please, support our latino lgbt community because we were really affected by this incident. one of my friends is going to
send a message, too. >> hello, i am coming from california with a couple of of folks behind me. just to speak on our orlando, the fact that some folks touched on it but we don't have the representation of more latinos. we need more representation. if you consider yourself an ally we need to center people of color to our story and suffering. it was mostly puerto rico residents that died in orlando. we have mexicans, central americans, black people that died, undocumented people that died and their families didn't come to the burlials. we need to center the victims of police brutality and also need
to talk about the core of this issue because when we talk about gun violence that affects communities of color. it affects black people. it affects latinos. and everybody who doesn't meet the mould of white privilege. we need to center those people as well. thank you. >> before we leave, we want to invite you in a proper to the raleigh lgbtq united against gun violence. [speaking in foreign tongue] >> founder of the d.c. lgbtq history project. >> good afternoon, i am coming
from california, also. i am with some of my comrades in the back. another important thing touching on what carla just mentioned that gun violence dispor -- disproportion affects us and we need to talk about disarming the police and the borders. gun violence doesn't just effect the lgbt. as an undocumented person, i don't trust the police. i cannot call the police to protect me against someone who might have a gun because they might also be putting my family in danger or be referring me to ice where i can potentially be deported from the violence i was escaping in my country. i would like to mention it is uncomfortable as an undocumented person to see a lot of hillary clinton supporters here and signs knowing that hillary clinton supports a lot of the displacement in latin america
and has stopped a lot of act vys working against the militarization and globalization that is occurring in latin america. she was the one that was vocally and very out there against imperilism. militarization kills not only folks here and abroad but folks in latin america. communities here are affected by that militarization. i am affected by that militarization and my family in latin america is always affected by it. please consider what it really means to disarm and how that is not an individual issue of just like gun rights but an issue of systemic issues of militarization and funding the police. >> thank you!
[applause] >> ladies and gentlemen, mike. >> hello, washington, how are you doing? as you see this banner over here, i talked from the earlier days when he started his thing, i happened to be in barcelona, spain with the pulse shooting happened. i was the co of a major group and had show directors and drag queens. and being in barcelona, there is six hours before anybody else in the time zone changed. my show director called me saying we lost two. and i said what? and i said i am watching it on
bc. two members of the cast were killed at pulse. so our friends said can you put together this march on washington. understand there is no marches allowed because of the inauguration so it is a virtual march and the rally is october 1st and 2nd. the vigil is october 1st at lafayette park and the october 2nd is the protest in front of the white house. our mission statement is we have marched to the right to live our lives, demand justice for all, most recently to love, and new a march against begin violence. for the life free of gun violence will only be a reality when we have a following. universal background checks for all gun sales, including mental and criminal history and closing the gun show loopholes.
banning guns to those convicted of domestic violence makes sense. banning the sale of assault weapons and military weapons to non-military civilians. ban the sale of ammunition for military grade assault weapons. heavy penalties to gun sellers who allow purchase to people who didn't pass the background ch k checks. requiring licensing with guns and safety training components for all parts who wish to purchase guns. develop a smart gun so stolen guns have no value. that is our mission state. the other part that is important is i lost three friends i hired from st. petersberg, florida. here is a picture. i know you cannot see it but
this is all 49 that died. they should not die in vein and they will not die in vein. our rally and vigil october 1st and 2nd at lafayette park, fully permitted, will allow us to talk about gun violence and these rules and regulations so our children, and grandchildren -- i am a gay father of a 38-year-old son and gay grandfather of a 14-month-old little girl and you want your children to have a better life. i thank all of the organizations out there. we are all over social media with 8 million hits. join us in washington at lafayette park october 1st for the vigil and october 2nd for the rally. i thank you very much. >> thank you!
they want to do something called the universal creed. i will let them tell you about it. [applause] >> come on. greetings from philadelphia, how are you doing today? [applause] >> there is a lot that could be said about non-violence but non-violence is really the principles of peace. i don't want to do too much talking today because i want the kids to do the talking on our behalf today. that is why we call ourselves the earth day kids because maybe the greatest thing we can do to end violence is to teach our children the principles of speech which is what we do.
[applause] >> thank you. this is what we do with the earth day kids. so all power to the children! that is our future. >> there is a lady handing out some flyers that say earth day kids and on the back is our universal greeting. if you have not gotten one you will before you leave. let's go. >> okay. this is called a response so i am going to do it with the kids. i am going to do the call and they will do the response and then i will have one of the kids do the call and you folks will do the response. got it? are we ready? i offer you peace. i offer you friendship. i offer you love. >> i offer you love. >> i hear your needs.
>> i hear your needs. >> i see your beauty. >> i see your beauty. >> i've seen your feelings. >> i've seen your feelings. >> my wisdom comes from a higher source and i salute that source in you. we must work together in peace to save our environment. peace, one love. now i am going to invite tania, one of our founding members, to do the call and you will do the response. got it? >> hi, i am tania vincent and i am an original earth day kid. [applause] >> i offer you peace. >> i offer you peace. >> i offer you friendship. >> i offer you friendship.
>> i offer you love. >> i offer you love. >> i hear your needs. >> hear your needs. >> i feel your feelings. >> i feel your feelings. >> i see your beauty. >> i see your beauty. >> my wisdom comes: >> my wisdom comes. >> from a higher source. >> from a higher source. >> and i salute that source in you. we must work together for peace to save our environment. >> peace. >> peace. >> thank you. thank you. thank you. >> ladies and gentlemen, all the way from philadelphia, pennsylvania. i would like to bring to you on the stage -- put the guns to sleep.
checking with ems if you're feeling any issue with the today. i would like to ask you to go to www.disarm hate 2016. there is a capture on the website for you to enter your name, but being a address to enter zip code so we can send you for the information because trust it to do is just the first one of many. please welcome to the stage rachel graber. [applause] >> good afternoon. my name is rachel graber and i'm a public policy many of the national coalition against domestic violence. i dare to speak both of you of the countless victims and survivors of gun enabled violence were unable to speak for themselves. everyone knows a firearm of the domestic violence fatalities statistics. two-thirds of intimate partners
homicides are committed using firearms. the president, the presence of a far arm in a domestic violence situation increases accounted by 500% to 40% of mass shootings ss involved domestic i was big news people also don't firearm enabled statistic but i survived in a survey by our colleagues found 16% of respondents have access to firearms. of those, 10% said they have you fired a gun during an argument, 22% said their abusers have threatened to kill them, their children, pets, from the members, friends or commit suicide. 67% said they believe their abusers were capable of killing them. while these numbers are appalling they can also feel abstract. removed from real life.
domestic violence and gun violence are not about numbers. they are about people. look around you. approximately one in four of the women, and one in seven of the men standing here today are victims or survivors of significant physical abuse. maybe you yourself are a victim or a survivor. to you, i say we all your strength and your courage. you are the reason i am here today. gun violence is personal to many of you. it's also personal to us at the national coalition against domestic violence. everyday we hear stories from victims and survivors and from friends and family of those who did not survive. our executive director ruth glenn is itself a survivor of gun enabled domestic violence. her former husband regularly used firearms to abuse,
terrorized and control her and anderson's. on multiple occasions including after he kidnapped her come law enforcement took the guns away but he was always able to obtain new ones. use of it is ultimately culminated in him shooting her multiple times and leaving her for dead. he killed himself a month later with the very same gun used to shoot her. we are committed to creating a culture in which domestic violence is not tolerated. society of our victims and survivors and abusers are held accountable for their crimes. we are committed to ending the epidemic of gun violence if we're proud to steal all of our allies here today and will continue to stand with you until gun violence is no longer an everyday commonplace occurrence. together, we can overcome any obstacles are united, we have the power to change the world. thank you.
[applause] >> latest benjamin please welcome to the stage from cease fire pa, shira goodman. >> hi, everyone. i bring with me some of the pennsylvania delegation. if you're from pennsylvania and we don't know it yet, make sure we get to meet you, please. we are statewide gun prevention or recession across the state and part of safety net to prevent gun violence with 31 state grants that we're proud to be staying with all of you here today. there are moments in our lives when we know where we were. our parents talk about when john f. kennedy was shot. my generation talks about the challenger shuttle. 9/11. people now talk about sandy hook
and orlando and dallas. i want to anymore of those moments. i want to moments like this where people sit where were you on august 13, 2016 the i will say i was in washington. [applause] with all my friends. and together we started something. some of us have been doing this longer than others and some of us are new. but that doesn't matter because what we know is that the more people we have together, the more love we have, the more faith we have, we will win. it is a long fight but we are seeing progress. we are seeing growth. we are seeing movement. and together we can turn this summer of fear into a summer of faith and fierceness. that is what we need to win. faith and fierceness. the people i know, jason and rachel who just go, and others that you here, others have been working this for a long, long time and bombs out of just met today for the first time and
said, i've been a conference calls with you, these are the moments that give us strength to keep going. i know i personally am blessed your i don't have my own personal story of lost. i do this because it's because i believe in. but i am also inspired and motivated and committed every day to get up because of the mothers and fathers and sons and daughters that i work with and who's paying i want to turn into action and who i want to prevent having anyone else join their club. that is why i do this. that is one on hot days and cold days and rainy days we are in harrisburg and allentown in pittsburgh friday. we will continue to fight with all of your across the country. i want you to meet one of those moms today, one of the first people i met when i took this job, she would tell you about her son vincent and i think it is so important, as rachel said, that we remember the statistics
are the statistics, but the stores all about real lives and real families that have been and holes in the heart, and those are holes in our communities. we cannot afford anymore of that pain in the more of those holes. it is up to us to fill the pain with a loud, to fight those holes with work. ended his work but i know together we can do it. since my friend from stingy not to prevent gun violence started with the bible, i will also say it is up to us to start the work, even if we don't think we will finish it, we cannot -- that is what we're doing today. i proud to be with you. i want to do for my friend, faye. >> good afternoon, everybody. first i would like to express my deepest condolence to all the families who have lost loved ones to gun violence, including myself. my name is faye dawson and i'm
the mother of consider a genuine 19, 2005, youngest son was shot and killed outside an after hours club in the city of philadelphia. vincent was 23 and the father of two children. my son was killed by a very angry person. by the way, who did not even serve 10 years in jail. i had been out here now for over 10 years, and in 10 years the guns have gotten bigger, longer, and have the ability to hold many more bullets. since no senseless gun violence loss of not commit a place i feel now is the time to say enough is enough, and it is time to get the guns out of the hands of the wrong people. and most of all, it's time to disarm hate. disarm hate. disarm hate. thank you. [applause] >> thank you.
>> all right, pennsylvania. [cheers and applause] >> ladies and gentlemen, when i first started my career in the film and tv business can i did a movie called camp. about a bunch of team get to go with the something musical theater summer camper i'm sure many of you saw. it was infested. i met this next young lady there. her personality, her heart and her pipes blew my mind. she was tough. i would like to welcome to the stage ms. sasha allen. [applause] >> hi, y'all. how are you? i am here for love, and that is
all i, therefore. and i fear to disarm hate and sludge is good to sing and i hope you enjoy. ♪ when the moon is in the seventh house and jupiter aligns with mars ♪ ♪ then peace will guide the planets, and and love will be in the sky ♪ ♪ it is the coming of the age of aquarius, age of aquarius ♪ ♪ i aquarius ♪ aquarius ♪ ♪
♪ [applause] >> thank you. thank you. thank you. disarm hate. so happy to be here. thank you for having me. >> ladies and gentlemen, please put your hands together, she just took us to church on saturday. ms. sasha allen. [applause] ladies and gentlemen, i'm going to direct you to the video monitor quickly here. please join us after the disarm hate march for the screen documentary, 7 p.m. church of the holy city, emanuel friedberg worship and study. 161,116th street northwest information and flyers being passed out. please join us after the show sponsored by the million mom
march north virginia chapter of the brady campaign. please look at the video monitors, ladies and gentlemen. >> to masked intruders came into our house, came into our bedroom and started shooting. spent at least 27 dead, 20 children, some adults. >> the circumstance, to kill a large number. number. >> walked into the lobby and opened fire. >> young man laying next to him, shot. spirit a man walked in the front door. i was face-to-face spirit stopped, that sounded like a done. >> it was a gun show. get whatever you want and walk out. it's that easy. >> the gun term loophole.
it's a gaping hole. >> the gun useful to some was used in a crime. >> is not breaking the laws, technically. that's just wrong. >> he said he sold it in because he thought he was going to rob a bank with it, not to murder somebody. >> it's time for congress or a universal background check for anyone trying to buy a gun. >> the second you say anything about gun prevention, the nra comes out and scares the living daylights out of all of their constituents. >> there are two reasons for government to grant the federal registry of gun owners, to tax them for to take them. >> a few minutes ago a minority in the united states senate block commonsense gun reforms even while these families looked on from the senate gallery. all in all this was a shameful day for washington.
>> we have become numb to it. we start thinking that this is normal. >> we are victims of gun violence and that's just the way it is. people say are you going to let that define the? it's who you are. you can choose how that will define you. >> we need to feel that fierce urgency of now. [cheers and applause] >> ladies and gentlemen, students to end gun violence. [applause] >> havhello. thank ago for coming out today. i would like to talk about my personal experience with gun violence.
every immigrant string is a better future. we hold onto the belief that we struggle today, will have a better life tomorrow. when my parents immigrated to the united states, they held onto that very belief. they came here for opportunities, education, and most importantly, security. a year before my parents backed up their backs for the american dream, two men broke into their home. my father told my mother to keep the three month old daughter safe while he warded off the men. my mother said no, don't leave his bedroom, don't leave your baby. but he did anyway because he wanted to keep his family safe. that night my father was shot three times. the morning after my father shooting, a headline read, one man shot in late-night burglary your that headline didn't mention pain because of those
bullets brought an incredibly long journey of pain. after the surgeries, my father didn't recognize become his daughter. he didn't recognize the woman he married. he spent much time in silence because how could one gun shattered so many lives? but over time may be with his heart of resilience, maybe by some miracle, he recovered. first one word responses and then he spoke in short sentences and then finally full conversations. he began to play with me along with my mom. was finally restored his hope was when he read a letter that confirmed his family's visa to the united states of america. immigrants like my parents come to this country knowing that they will face discrimination by the life will not be easy yet they risk everything because they will be safer here than
anywhere else. but after all the recent american mass shootings, my parents can't help but ask, are my children safe rex there have been 260 mass shootings this give them 7800 gun related deaths and 16,400 gun related injuries. the numbers speak for themselves. america as a gun problem. if we continue to ignore it, if we continue to acknowledge gun violence as a public health problem, these numbers will only increase. passing commonsense gun laws such a universal background checks and closing loopholes or the first step in creating safer communities. but that's not enough. we have to improve our mental health facilities. invest in effective programs the cure violence model which treats files as a disease, and with this program to 23-a city so as much as production as 73% of
shootings and killings. [applause] but despite these results can despite all these incredible human genius and available in this beautiful country, does bite the need for more answers, gun violence prevention research is severely underfunded. congress must wake up and face underlying socioeconomic factors that contribute to gun violence. i am a muslim-american asking for gun control reform because guns in the wrong hands make bigotry deadly. to my lgbtq friends, colleagues and justice seekers can i love you i respect you and i stand with you. silence is not an option. that's what i joined students unite against gun violence. our futures of state and we don't want to be cut short by a blogger we have seen in charleston and orlando what bigotry can amount to.
it's time to protect the lgbtq community. it's time to protect armed black men. it's time to protect women's rights to consent to protect the millions of immigrants who have helped to build this country. it's time to make america secure place my father dreamed possible. it's time to disarm hate. congress can do your job. thank you. [cheers and applause] >> until then please welcome to the stage gender minority educator, candis cox. [applause] >> disarm hate, make some. noise. [applause] >> you all make some noise for washington, d.c., our nation's capital.
[cheers and applause] >> i also want to get about the things to the law enforcement who are out here today protecting us and serving us and ensuring that we can recognize who we are. please show them some love. [cheers and applause] >> it is hot. ain't it hot? but we are here. we are here. i know about hot. i from north carolina, the wonderful companies in state of north carolina. [applause] been fortunate state where we have house built 2. been fortunate state where we have a governor who says that he is protecting women and children from sexual predators such as myself. we live in a country where that kind of rhetoric is allowed, we can get on the news and you can say things like that. but we also live in a country
where we recognize that love conquers all. [applause] we'lwe have talked so much about what divides us. we talk so much about hate. republican and democrats. but we don't talk about are the facts that we are all americans. we are not lgbtq. we are americans. [applause] we are not muslim, we are not lesbian. we are not getting them. we are not trainees. we are not christians. we ought americans come and all americans are human. [applause] ..
>> those bullets, when we let our brothers and sisters died. those bullets come in the form when we call gay men faggot and tranny. those are bullets and we have to disarm those bullets. we have to do that. but when we disarm we have to arm. we arm the educated population by giving them education on who we are. what we are. what we stand for. what we want. that is what we do. when we disarm, we must arm
people. we have to show the world that orlando was unacceptable and it was not unacceptable because those were lgbtq brothers and sisters. those were humans. who are a part of our community . sandy hook, those were humans. you do not have the right to take human lives because you don't like what they stand for. [applause] and when we gather here today we send a message to the world and that is that you don't have to like us. you don't have to love us. but you will respect us. [applause] i want to say one
last thing. it's not enough to show up. it's not enough to hold the sign. it's not enough to get on social media and talk about atrocity. it is more than that. we have to reach over to our brothers and sisters. we have to tell them that we love them and we accept them. we have to ask them what can we do to make your life better and empower you. how can we empower our latino brothers and sisters, are muslim others and sisters, are lesbian, gay men, are transgender, queer, our nonconformist brothers and sisters, our republican brothers and sisters, our democratic brothers and sisters, are independent . how can i empower you?
how can i help you make your life better because if your life is better, my life is better and when you respect me and i respect you, we are better people and that is what america is for. [applause] and we have got to make sure that not only in november but every time these elections,, we put our boat where our mouth is. [applause] we put people in that white house that represents american interests , people like hillary clinton . [applause] it's not about democratic or republican. it is about recognizing me as a person and then i have the right to expect myself and i have a right to live. my name is candace cox, i think you so much.
i love you all. please bring lots of water and stay cool, thank you so much. [applause] >> that he very much. ladies and gentlemen please welcome back to the stage randy driscoll, singing what matters or the matthew shepard foundation. >> you made it, you are here. you are hydrated. you are beautiful. this has been an amazing day of listening to speakers, two people sharing their stories in order to create change. i know from my work with judy shepard for my gosh come over 16 years that she shares this story overand over, countless
times again, judy shepard as many of you know , some other of matthew shepard's men killed in a hate crime in 1998 area it's hard to believe we are still talking about hate but we are going to keep talking about it until we don't have to talk about it anymore, right after mark yes. but i know from being a dear friend of judy's now and from watching her do what she does over and over again that in one way she gets to speak about the love she has for her child. by telling us matthew's story but every time she does changes a person's mind, she changes a person's heart. she speaks to someone, she helps create laws. my relations with judy began when i wrote a song in 1998 which is sort of the beginning of my understanding that as a songwriter sometimes we can share our feelings with people and maybe sometimes music speaks louder thanwords .
so i heard about what happened to matthew shepard and i was angry and sad and all the feelings that everyone had and tired of the hate . so i wrote a songabout memo that , really about matthew and his family and the unconditional love they present and as a way to show my condolences. shortly after, beautiful woman named dana lee heard me sing the song in a coffee shop and she said i want you to do something with this and we decided to make the song a benefit single is really stream music the way you could now i sold that benefit single the trunk of my car and i use to say my distribution company was honda civic. we travelaround the country , we met with judy, she endorsed the song on behalf of her foundation, the matthew shepard foundation who is constantly replacing hate with understanding, acceptance and love. and i'm happy to say that we were able to raise, we don't keep track anymore but at the
time about $40,000 for the matthew shepard foundation and there work to end bullying and in hate crimes. the entire shepard family, they are beautiful people that do so much for this world, for humanity actually and i'm really honored to sing this song today. this is how i know jason hayes, the man is made today possible, he came and did makeup and hairfor me. i said i got a little song and benefit single and were going to do something with and of course jason was right there because when you call, the answers are it so thank you for making this happen . [applause] so this song is called what matters and it's a song about unconditional love and i feel that here today. i'm with you and i'm glad we're standing together for that. [piano playing] amazing ♪
♪ you said, doesn't your ♪ heart the same as mine? ♪ haven't i told you 1000 ♪ times.♪ ♪ there can be air in my ♪ lungs the same as you ♪ dreamed. ♪ whose arms i'm wrapped up ♪ in, who cares whose eyes i ♪ ♪ see myself in?♪ ♪ who cares who i dream of? ♪ who cares who i love.♪ ♪ and heaven help me for i ♪ am lost.♪
♪ what the price i love you ♪ cost. ♪ because here i am sending ♪ strong and now i am free.♪ ♪ and you've given me ♪ innocence on the rise. ♪ it seems in the same old ♪ life, kelly, you can put ♪ money in my face but you ♪ bleed. ♪ who cares whose arms i'm ♪ all wrapped up in. ♪ whose cares eyes whose ♪ eyes i see myself in. ♪ who cares who i dream of, ♪ ♪ who cares who i love?