(GAITHERSBURG, MD, 12/15/13) – On Saturday, December 14th, one year after the Newtown tragedy, the Maryland chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations joined Baltimore City Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Moms Demand Action-MD Director Jenifer Pauliukonis, Maryland State Senator Brian Frosh, Marylanders to Prevent Gun Violence President Vincent DeMarco, NAACP-MD President Gerald Stansbury, and families of victims of gun violence in participating at an interfaith vigil to honor their memory at the Cathedral of the Incarnation in Baltimore, Md.
An opening prayer was led by Dean Hal Hayek, followed by remarks and a poetry reading. The vigil culminated with the ringing of bells to remember the 26 lives lost in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, CT last year.
“One year after the Newtown tragedy, time has eased the pain but only heightened the sense of urgency that we cannot afford to be complacent,” said CAIR-MD Rep. Zainab Chaudry. “Gun violence isn't partial to one specific race, gender or religion. The pain and fear it causes transcends faith and politics and touches every segment of our society. We must work together to find a solution to eliminate this disease.”
Some 30,000 lives are lost annually to gun violence in the United States alone. This rate is higher than any other industrialized nation in the world.
CAIR-MD is a chapter of America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
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CONTACT: CAIR-MD Rep. Zainab Chaudry, email@example.com, (410) 971-6062; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, (202) 744-7726, firstname.lastname@example.org