“Remember, Reflect and Respond” December 13 3pm
LOCAL VIGIL TO BE PART OF NATIONWIDE OBSERVANCES
St. John’s United Church (The Beloved Community)
4136 North Grand Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63107
“Gun violence affects all of us in St. Louis,” says Lise Bernstein, president of Women’s Voices Raised for Social Justice. “We invite everyone to join us at this vigil to help us give voice to all victims and survivors.”
Speakers will include Valerie Dent, president of STL Mothers In Charge; Lois Schaffer of Long Island, NY, author of “The Unthinkable,” and the Rev. Ken McKoy, pastor of Progressive AME Zion Church. Dent lost two sons to gun violence in St. Louis. Schaffer’s daughter, Susan, was murdered in a home invasion in Creve Coeur in 2008. McKoy’s 22-year-old son was shot last June in what McKoy called “the scariest day of my life.” He survived, but still has bullets lodged in his body.
A call to action will be delivered at the end of the service by Rabbi Susan Talve of Central Reform Congregation
Following the event, the “Lock It For Love” program sponsored by Women’s Voices will have free gun locks available for families who have unsecured firearms and children in their homes. Schaffer’s book, “The Unthinkable,” which chronicles the murder of her daughter, will be for sale.
We are grateful to the following local organizations for their co-sponsorship of the vigil: Central Reform Congregation, Eliot Unitarian Chapel, Ethical Society of St. Louis, First Congregational Church of St. Louis, Institute for Public Health, Washington University, Jewish Community Relations Council, Maternal Child and Family Health Coalition, Metropolitan Congregations United, Missouri Chapter, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, National Council of Jewish Women-St. Louis Section, Parents As Teachers, STL Mothers in Charge, St. Louis Area Parents of Murdered Children, and Vision for Children at Risk.