Advocacy Through the Arts

 

People use guns but, in a sense, guns use people too. When we have the technology for violence easily to hand, our choices are skewed and we are more vulnerable to being manipulated into violent action.
Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury

C A A 2017


Here's the video for our contribution to the world Sing-along challenge from our Concert Across America to End Gun Violence in Chandler Hall at Old Dominion University, Norfolk on Sept. 24th. So special - we believe communities standing together makes a difference. Thanks so much to Cameron Moore for videotaping this performance.


Be part of a global event in which
we'll raise our voices to end gun violence


Sunday, September 24 at 3 PM at ODU in Norfolk, VA

More info at http://concertacrossamerica.org
 

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CONTACT: Gene Lempert
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VACPS TO SPONSOR LOCAL PARTICIPATION IN THE CONCERT ACROSS AMERICA TO END GUN VIOLENCE AT CHANDLER HALL, ODU – SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 24TH

NORFOLK, Va. - The Virginia Center for Public Safety (VACPS) is hosting the Concert Across America to End Gun Violence at Old Dominion University’s Chandler Hall located inside the Diehn Center, 1339 West 49th St., on Sunday, September 24 from 3 until 5 p.m. This concert is free and open to the public. It will be part of a network of nationwide concerts to remember the victims of our country’s gun violence and to support actions to put an end to this epidemic.

Those who attend will join with other Concert Across America events in the US and abroad to challenge the world record for largest sing-along. (Learn more at http://concertacrossamerica.org)

VACPS State President Gene Lempert explains: “The important thing is to bring our communities together to work on the problems we face.”

The concert will feature diverse performers representing a variety of styles including folk, rap, spoken word, dance, as well as messages from some very special speakers. The line up includes Jim Newsom (of Mountaintide), Ashley McBride, Jim Bulleit, Ashanti Bragg, JLuv, Britton Hawkins, Jay Poole, Jeanette Richardson, Andre Ellick and Dr. Vanessa Caldwell Jenkins, and more.

Brian Hawkins of VACPS, who was born and raised in Norfolk near ODU, will be the Master of Ceremonies. Brian believes “ending gun violence takes everyone and we are stronger together than when we are divided”.

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The Virginia Center for Public Safety is a 501 c3 statewide organization which was born in Hampton Roads 25 years ago. VACPS mission is to help prevent gun violence through education, awareness and advocacy for sensible public policies. The ODU Student Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi is sponsoring the concert along with VACPS.