Networking Central: Progressive Groups of the MonthIn this section we highlight a new local group each month in order to encourage networking.
This Month we feature CeaseFirePA.
CeaseFirePA History and MissionCeaseFire Pennsylvania Education Fund (CFPA) is the largest independent educational organization in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania devoted to reducing gun violence. It was established in the spring of 2002 as successor to the Million Mom March of Pennsylvania. The Board of Directors, which includes committed professionals and survivors of gun violence, meets quarterly to review results and establish policies and activities. CFPA accomplishes its mission through:
CeaseFirePA Programs:CeaseFirePA is just over three years old yet the organization has accomplished much. By establishing strong relationships with collaborators sympathetic to gun violence prevention, CFPA quickly became the "go to" source for information, ideas and programs. Its strong relationship with individuals in media, public service, health, religion and law enforcement fields have resulted in collaborations on a number of programs and projects, including an educational brochure about illegal handgun trafficking and an educational radio campaign to counter false gun lobby claims. CFPA takes its educational message into schools, synagogues, churches and civic groups. Understanding that any public health initiative must have broad support among policy makers to succeed, CFPA endeavors to educate our public officials as well. In addition CFPA’s hard work has produced the following successful gun violence prevention results. CFPA has:
CeasefirePA supports sensible legislation to keep straw purchasers and illegal firearms traffickers from flooding towns and cities across the state with deadly handguns used by felons and youth for unlawful purposes. Find out how deeply communities across the state are being hurt by the handgun violence epidemic. Learn how the Handgun Trafficking Reduction Act will reduce the flow of illegal handguns into the streets of our Commonwealth without infringing on legitimate gun owners.
You can join CeasefirePA and the rest of the Pennsylvanians Against Trafficking Handguns (PATH) Coalition at a rally, Tuesday, November 1, 2005, 11 a.m. at the Capitol Rotunda in Harrisburg to announce the introduction of the Handgun Trafficking Reduction Act in the Senate of Pennsylvania's General Assembly. Speakers will include Senator Leanna Washington; Catherine Young, mother of slain St. Joseph’s scholarship student Richard Johnson Companion bill sponsor Rep. John Myers; and Diane Edbril, CeaseFire PA.
Finally, mark Sunday, March 26, 2006 on your calendar for CeasefirePA's annual fundraiser at the National Liberty Museum. For information, contact Diane Edbril firstname.lastname@example.org.
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