FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: (First posted May 3, 2018)
NRA Convention Inspires
Largest Multi-City Light Projection Protest In US History
[UPDATED May 5, 1 PM (Pacific) - photos and video from Night #1 projections in Dallas, DC, Tacoma, and Portland AND night #2 Dallas, Atlanta, Chicago, LA, San Diego, Seattle may be found at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/backbone_campaign/sets/72157695756983074]
Contact: Backbone Campaign co-founder Bill Moyer at 206-356-9980 or email [email protected]
In response to the NRA convention in Dallas this weekend, skilled light technicians and activists in over 15 cities will project anti-gun violence messages on buildings across the US this Thursday through Sunday. The messages read “The NRA Enables Domestic Terrorists”, an image of an AR-15 with a slash through it, and another calling out the amount that city’s Congressional District’s elected officials’ have taken from the NRA, in exchange for their silence on ending gun violence.
The action is coordinated by the Washington State-based Backbone Campaign, an organization that provides creative tactics to the progressive movement. Backbone Campaign’s network of Solidarity Brigades, skilled tacticians in over 20 cities, is mobilizing this largest coordinated grassroots light projection action.
With a light projector, GOBOs (metal stencils), and a battery, images and text will light up sides of buildings protesting the NRA and elected officials’ collusion with their platform. Local activists in each city have researched the amount their elected officials have taken from the NRA in campaign contributions and will be exposing those amounts in a large, visible, and public way.
Actions are planned to happen today through Saturday in Dallas, Boulder, LA, San Diego, Tallahassee, Nashville, Spokane, Madison, DC, NYC, Chicago, Portland, Atlanta, Detroit, Tacoma, Seattle.
“The majority of Americans support stronger gun laws as a real way to reduce deaths, but our Congress refuses to act, out of fear of alienating their sugar daddy, the NRA. Inspired by the leadership of America's youth, we are doing our part to expose the blood money that our elected officials have accepted from the NRA for inaction. That collusion with an organization that enables domestic terrorists and endangers us all is cause for their removal from office,” says Backbone Campaign Executive Director Bill Moyer. “Our youth should not have to be traumatized by “shooter drills” so that profiteers of violence can continue making and selling these weapons of war. Too many lives have already been lost. It is long past time to grow constituent pressure for an assault weapons ban, so We the People - especially the youth - are taking leadership since the so-called leaders have failed us.”
For more information about the Backbone Campaign, see www.backbonecampaign.org/recentactions.
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