Gun Violence


Marian Wright Edelman, Sun. Dec. 8, 11:15 AM

Founder and president of the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF), Marian Wright Edelman has been an advocate for disadvantaged Americans for her entire professional life. The first black woman admitted to the Mississippi Bar, she directed the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund office in Jackson, Mississippi and moved to Washington DC in l968 as counsel for the Poor People’s Campaign, organized by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. before his death.

Visiting Los Angeles for the 2013 CDF Conference “Next Steps in Dismantling the Cradle to Prison Pipeline in CA,” Mrs. Edelman will preach from the All Saints pulpit at the 11:15 service, addressing the connections between prison, poverty, children and gun violence.

Margot Bennett

Community Strategies for Gun Violence Prevention, 9/29 Rector’s Forum

Last Sunday, President Barack Obama made this impassioned plea for Americans to overcome their “creeping resignation” about gun violence and demand tougher gun laws. “Our words and our prayers are not enough. If we really want to be a country where we can go to work, and go to school, and walk our streets free from senseless violence, without so many lives being stolen by a bullet from a gun, then we’re going to have to change.”

This Sunday, 9/29, the All Saints Church Rector’s Forum will focus on the ways in which the Church can participate in this change over the coming year. We will hear from three passionate leaders in the grassroots movement to end gun violence: Virginia Classick — Vestry member and President of the San Fernando Valley Chapter of the Brady Campaign; Margot Bennett — Executive Director of Women Against Gun Violence and Loren Leib — noted epidemiologist and violence prevention activist.