Bay Area Events to Remember Sandy Hook Victims This Weekend

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Newtown-ribbon-sandy-hook-12/14/12-speak-up-show-up-for-change-good-neigbor-storiesBay Area leaders, gun violence prevention activists and volunteers are set this weekend to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the 26 shooting deaths at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

Ceremonies, marches, rallies, and gun buy-back events are planned for locations all over the region starting today, Friday, Dec. 13, and through Saturday, Dec. 14, the actual anniversary.

According to the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, there have been 30,000 gun-related deaths since Dec. 14, 2012. The group’s leaders are calling on the public to attend the events and commit to, or recommit to, efforts to prevent gun deaths. All the events listed below are free.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13th

SAN FRANCISCO

1:00-3:00 p.m. • Vigil, SF City Hall Steps

Speakers: Mayor Ed Lee, Senator Leland Yee, other public officials, law enforcement, victims, survivors

Sponsors: Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, Bridges of Hope, Global Exchange, Healing 4 Our Families and Our Nation, Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, MoveOn.org, Organizing for Action, Or Shalom Jewish Community, SF Committee to End GunViolence, Sojourner Truth Foster Family Service Agency, The Kitchen SF, United Playaz; (Contact shamilton@bradymail.org for info)

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14th

SAN FRANCISCO

10 a.m. – 11 a.m.  • No More Silence: A Call for Remembrance and Resolve • St. Vincent de Paul, 2320 Green St.

Sponsors: Moms Demand Action California • RSVP

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8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. • Gun Buyback • Alive & Free Omega Boys Club, 1060 Tennessee Street

Sponsors:  Gunbygun.org, – Ian Johnstone, icjohnstone@gmail.com

12:00 p.m. •  Youth March • begin at Gene Friend Rec Center,270 6th St., San Francisco / March to SF UN Plaza

2:00 p.m. • Rally • SF UN Plaza (Market between 7th & 8th)

Speakers for March and Rally: Congresswoman Jackie Speier, community leaders, victims and survivors

Sponsors: Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, Bridges of Hope, Global Exchange, Healing 4 Our Families and Our Nation, Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, MoveOn.org, Organizing for Action, Or Shalom Jewish Community, SF Committee to End GunViolence, Sojourner Truth Foster Family Service Agency, The Kitchen SF, United Playaz; (Contact shamilton@bradymail.org for info)

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OAKLAND

9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. • Gun Buyback, Youth Uprising • 8711 Mac Arthur Blvd, Oakland

Contact: Youth Uprising; Gunbygun.org; Brady Campaign Oakland, griffindix@sbcglobal.net, ASK Center to Prevent Youth Violence

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FREMONT

9:30 a.m. • Interfaith Vigil • Mission San Jose Church, 43300 Mission, Fremont

Sponsors: Tri-City Alameda County Chapter Brady Campaign, Tri-City Interfaith Council, Pax Christi Fremont, Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose, Sisters of the Holy Family, Interfaith Women of Peace

Contact: Brady Campaign Tri-City Alameda County

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SAN MATEO

9:34 a.m. • Bell Ringing in Remembrance • St. Bartholomew Catholic Church, 600 Columbia Drive, San Mateo

9:34 a.m. • Bell Ringing in Remembrance • Congregational Church of San Mateo, 225 Tilton Ave., San Mateo

Sponsor: Brady Campaign San Mateo County

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FOSTER CITY

9:34 a.m. • Moment of Silence in Remembrance • Island United Church, 1130 Balclutha Dr., Foster City

Sponsor: Brady Campaign San Mateo County

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SAN JOSE

9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. • Gun Buyback • Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, 2020 E. San Antonio Ave, San Jose

Contact: Santa Clara District Attorney, Jeff  Rosen; Interim Police Chief San Jose, Larry Esquivel; San Jose Council Member Xavier Campos;Gunbygun.orgBrady Campaign Santa Clara County9:15 a.m. • Bell Ringing and Gathering in Remembrance • The Little Old Church, 21800 Bertram Road, San Jose

Sponsor: Brady Campaign Santa Clara County

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SUNNYVALE

1:00 p.m. •  Memorial, St. Cyprian Church, 1133 W. Washington Ave., Sunnyvale

Speakers:  Mayor Tony Spitaleri, Congressman Mike Honda, Cindy Chavez and Anna Song

Sponsors: Brady Campaign Santa Clara County, OFA, Moms Demand Action, Community Health Awareness Council