Vision Quilt is joining the Women's March in our local communities and in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, January 21. We are marching with our mothers, daughters, sisters and our male friends to send a bold message to our new government that women's rights are human rights.
Why is it important for Vision Quilt to march? Because we know that gun violence is a women's issue. The statistics are staggering.
Guns make it more likely that domestic abuse will turn into a violent situation. The presence of a gun increases the risk of homicide for women by 500 percent, according to a comprehensive report compiled by Everytown for Gun Safety.
With 100,000 Americans killed or injured by guns every year, there are at least 100,000 mothers, daughters, sisters and friends who are impacted by gun violence. More facts to consider:
We are marching to show unity and to empower women. Awareness is the first step toward change.
The times are too critical to indulge in despair or cynicism or pessimism.
Now, more than ever, we must muster all the creativity, compassion and courage we can.
- Larry Robinson
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