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This past Sunday Squirrel Hill Stands partnered with CeaseFirePA to host a workshop on how to tell your story in the service of passing stronger gun laws. Video producer and storyteller Rick Weiss of Trident TV joined us. We learned how to tell an effective and persuasive story, how to place our stories in the context of the larger gun violence epidemic and with whom we need to share our stories. Special thanks to Repair the World Pittsburgh and the 10.27 Healing Partnership.

You can find the slide deck here:

Read more in the Jewish Chronicle:

Some event photos here:

See Rick's work:


On Thursday, the Clergy Council of Squirrel Hill Stands Against Gun Violence hosted a prayer vigil to end the slaughter of our children. The event was held at the Jeron X Grayson Center and opened with a welcome and opening prayer from Rev. Glenn Grayson. The event included moving testimony from multiple speakers including Rabbi Jonathan Pearlman, Rev. Eileen Smith, Dr. Toya Jones, Terrel Thomas, and Tia Baker. Carolyn Ban lit memorial candles and the names of the victims of gun violence in Allegheny County in 2023 were read by Sister Sarah Crotty, Reverend John Welch, Rabbi Doris Dyen, and Carolyn Ban. Bishop Michael Golphin gave the call to action and closing prayer. Music was provided by the Deliverance Baptist Choir. We are grateful to all of the speakers and to those who attended.

You can see coverage of the event here, here, and here.


Thanks to all who came out to join us on Wednesday. We hosted State Representative Arvind Venkat and Moms Demand Action state legislative lead, Hadley Haas for a program focusing on the Common Agenda to end gun violence. These four extremely important bills have made it through the state house Judiciary Committee and second passage (where amendments are added) and will be up for FINAL PASSAGE in the state house at the end of the month. The bills are:

HB 338 - Mandatory reporting of lost & stolen guns

HB 714 - Universal background checks for all firearms purchases

HB 731 - Safe storage of firearms

HB 1018 - Establishing extreme risk protection orders (red flag laws)

We rolled out our action plan for moving these bills forward. To participate by calling your legislator or phone banking to constituents of on the fence legislators, click here. To help by writing a letter to the editor, click here.

You can also help out by sharing the media coverage from the event. See below. And keep scrolling down for event photos.

The Challenges of Passing Gun Safety Legislation w/ Rep. Arvind Venkat May 10, 2023

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