no one is safe until everyone is safe.
Recent actions of the NRA demonstrate not only a disregard for the lives of black and brown people in America, but appear to be a direct endorsement of violence against women, our families and our communities for exercising our constitutional right to protest.
On July 14th and 15th, Women's March and partners marched from the NRA to the U.S. Department of Justice, to call for civil rights charges in the tragic and senseless killing of Philando Castile, and to proudly and bravely strive for the respect of the civil and human rights of all people. Around 350 people marched the 18.6 miles - through scorching heat and torrential rains - from NRA headquarters in Virginia to the DOJ in Washington, D.C. Around 1,500 more joined the rallies at the beginning and end of the route. Solidarity actions were planned in dozens of locations across the nation, because we know that no one is safe until everyone is safe.
Even though the mobilization is over, you can still join in adding momentum to our call for justice. Click below to send a letter to the DOJ asking for civil rights charges to be filed, as well as a letter to your member of Congress asking them to sign on as a co-sponsor to an important bill to end the use of racial profiling as a police tactic.
Since the acquittal of Officer Yanez for shooting and killing Philando Castile in Minnesota, the NRA has failed to make any statement defending the civil rights of Mr. Castile, a law-abiding gun owner who can be heard in video footage clearly notifying the officer that he was carrying a licensed firearm. The NRA claims to stand for the 2nd Amendment rights of all Americans, but their silence on Mr. Castile's constitutional right to own a gun betrayed a deep hypocrisy that many joined in calling out.
Then a vicious and incendiary NRA advertisement came to light, in which an alt-right propagandist appears to call for armed conflict against our communities, demonizing people of color, progressives and any of us who exercise our First Amendment right to peaceably assemble and exercise our free speech in protest. In response, Women’s March co-president Tamika Mallory penned an open letter to the NRA asking them to remove and apologize for the ad, which was decried by many card-carrying NRA members and some Republican legislators as well. The letter had three simple asks for the NRA:
- Take down the recent irresponsible and dangerous advertisement videos from all social platforms immediately.
- Issue an apology to the American people for the video that suggests armed violence against communities of color, progressives and anyone who does not agree with this Administration's policies.
- Make a statement to defend Philando Castile's Second Amendment right to own a firearm and demand the Department of Justice indict the police officer who killed him for exercising his Second Amendment right and his privilege as a licensed concealed carry permit holder. This call is clearly in line with the mission and purpose of the NRA as an organization that purports to be the lobby and defender of the right to bear arms.
Instead of backing away from the vitriol of the ad, the NRA responded by releasing a new video attacking Tamika and other leaders personally and extending the false narrative that our movement is a violent threat to public safety. This is the kind of inflammatory speech that leads to acts of hate and violence. It puts Tamika, a mother whose family has been impacted by gun violence, under increased threat as it does others named, and it is unequivocally meant to create a chilling effect on our communities speaking up and using the power of our collective voice.
At a time when our nation is seeing a rise in racially charged incidents and violence motivated by hate speech, it is unconscionable for a powerful organization like the NRA to unashamedly peddle an "us versus them" narrative and call for our grassroots, nonviolent resistance movement to be met with violence.
The march from #NRA2DOJ was just the beginning of our communities saying, ‘enough is enough’.
We know that we are not safe.
But we will not be intimidated into silence.
Community Justice Reform Coalition (CJRC)
Georgia Alliance for Social Justice
One Pulse for America
Safe Tennessee Project
Gays Against Guns
Gun Lobby Watch
Rabbis Against Gun Violence
Unitarian Universalist Pennsylvania Legislative Advocacy Network (UUPLAN)
States United to Prevent Gun Violence
Women Against Gun Violence
The Gathering for Justice
Justice League NYC
Justice League CA
Gun Violence Prevention Action Committee
Safe Campus Colorado
Pride Fund to End Gun Violence
Newtown Action Alliance
Village Work LLC
North Carolinians Against Gun Violence Education Fund
Michigan Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence
Virginia Gun Violence Prevention Coalition
Georgians for Gun Safety
Georgia Rural Urban Summit
Alliance for Quality Education
Citizen Action of New York
Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence
Marylanders to Prevent Gun Violence
ART NOT WAR
Humanity for Progress
Americans for Democratic Action (ADC)
Hip Hop Caucus
Cultures of Dignity
New York Urban League
Sheep Creek Farm
Black Ladies International, Inc.
Feminist Majority Foundation
The Oracle Institute
ALAS: Alianza Latina en contra la Agresión Sexual
One Billion Rising
Americas for Conservation + The Arts
Advocates for Youth
Women’s Action for New Directions (WAND)
Bend the Arc Jewish Action
Communities United for Police Reform Action Fund
NY State Assemblymember Michael Blake
Poligon Education Fund
Man Up Inc.
New Yorkers Against Gun Violence
UFCW Minority Coalition
Black Caucus of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union