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Thursday, July 21, 2022
G-PAC Launches Legislator Contact Tool at Highland Park Townhall
TOMORROW: G-PAC to Join Congresswoman Schakowsky, Fellow Advocacy Organizations to Launch “Protect Our Court” Campaign
Highland Park, Ill. — The Gun Violence Prevention PAC joined Highland Park Strong, a grassroots group of residents who formed in the wake of the July 4th mass shooting, along with Giffords, Moms Demand Action and JACPAC for a townhall on how residents can become advocates for stronger gun laws.
At the townhall, G-PAC launched a new legislator contact tool to help residents contact their state representatives and senators to demand action on gun violence in the upcoming special session: https://bit.ly/DemandILGunAction
G-PAC President and CEO Kathleen Sances caught up with WGN ahead of last night’s townhall:
Since the shooting, Sances said the groundswell of activism is “moving the needle.” She encourages those who want to ban semi-automatic rifles and high-capacity magazines to call state representatives and senators.
“We want to keep this at the top of the conversation, at the top of everybody’s mind in Illinois that we demand action from our elected leaders now,” Sances said.
G-PAC founder Tom Vanden Berk, a longtime Highland Park resident who lost his fifteen-year-old son to gun violence in 1992, spoke to the group last night, and earlier this month told the Lake County News-Sun that tighter restrictions are warranted following the tragedy. “We are devoted to sensible gun laws and making sure people do not have access to illegal guns,” said Vanden Berk.
NEW “PROTECT OUR COURT” CAMPAIGN LAUNCHING TOMORROW
Campaign Launch to Highlight Importance of Illinois Court Races In Wake of U.S. Supreme Court Rulings
Recent decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court have drastically curtailed federal legal protections for Illinois residents in the areas of reproductive freedom, safety from gun violence, environmental protection, voting access and more.
Consequently, the Illinois Supreme Court remains the bulwark to protect those rights—but this November, elections for two open seats representing suburban districts will decide the court’s balance and direction.
The stakes couldn’t be higher, but judicial elections are traditionally of low voter interest. That’s why progressive advocacy coalition Citizen Action/Illinois is unveiling “Protect Our Court”, a new campaign to increase attention to the state Supreme Court races and educate voters on their rights that are at risk.
WHAT: News conference to unveil a new drive to alert and educate Illinois voters about the critical importance of the November races for the Illinois Supreme Court.
WHO: More than 100 civic leaders, legal experts and public officials have joined forces to support the “Protect Our Court” campaign. Kick-off event will feature:
- Cong. Jan Schakowsky (CD 9)
- Larry Rogers, Jr., Commissioner, Cook County Board of Review
- Julie Hamos, former Director of the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services
- Tim Drea, President, Illinois AFL-CIO
- Renato Mariotti, former Assistant U.S. Attorney
- Betty Magness, Illinois Political Director, Rainbow-PUSH Coalition
- Howard Learner, President, Environmental Law and Policy Center
- Kathleen Sances, President, Gun Violence Prevention Action Committee
- William McNary, Co-director, Citizen Action/Illinois
WHEN: Friday, July 22 at 10:45 a.m.
WHERE: Powers, Rogers LLP (at 70 W. Madison, Suite 5500 in Chicago)
About Gun Violence Prevention PAC (G-PAC)
The Gun Violence Prevention Political Action Committee (G-PAC) is the state’s leading gun violence advocacy organization. It was founded in 2013 to counter the political influence of the gun industry and their lobby in Springfield.
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