Maundy Day, Good Friday and Easter Vigil – One Worship Service for Portage Lake United Church and Good Shepherd Lutheran
MARCH FOR OUR LIVES — THE TIME IS NOW – Join us Saturday, March 24 at noon (note time change).
Join friends and neighbors to speak out against gun violence. Marches are planned throughout the nation on this day to show support for changing the gun laws in our country.
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We will gather prior to the march below the bridge on the west side near the old Aspirus building next to Roy’s.
One scheduled poster workshop is Saturday, March 17 3:30 – 5:50 pm at the Portage Lake Library in Houghton.
Here are a few potential slogans for signs:
- Fear has NO place in our Schools
- ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!
- Protect Children, NOT GUNS
- NOW is the time to talk about GUN CONTROL
- NEVER AGAIN!
- THIS IS NOT NORMAL
- ARM TEACHERS WITH BOOKS, NOT GUNS
- BOOKS NOT BULLETS
- DISARM HATE
- NO MORE SILENCE- END GUN VIOLENCE
- POWER TO THE PEOPLE
- THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE NOT ENOUGH
- OUR NATION MUST ACT
- WE WILL NOT BE NEXT
- ENACT COMMON SENSE GUN LAWS
- CLOSE GUN LOOPHOLES
- CITIZENS FOR SANE GUN LAWS
- BAN ASSAULT WEAPONS
- TEACHERS ARE NOT HUMAN SHIELDS
- ARMS ARE FOR HUGGING
- BE INFORMED AND VOTE!
- NO MORE SILENCE – END GUN VIOLENCE
- NO GUNS ON CAMPUS
- PEOPLE WITH GUNS KILL PEOPLE
- CLOSE GUN SHOW LOOPHOLES
- UNIVERSAL BACKGROUND CHECKS
- KEEP GUNS OUT OF CLASSROOMS
- SCHOOL FUNDS NOT SCHOOL GUNS
- GUN SENSE VOTER
- I HAVE A RIGHT TO A GUN FREE CAMPUS
- STAND FOR YOUR KIDS
- STOP THE CARNAGE
- REMEMBER COLUMBINE HIGHT SCHOOL
- REMEMBER SANDY HOOK ELEMENTARY
- REMEMBER STONEMAN – DOUGLAS HIGH SCHOOL
- GIVE TEACHERS RAISES NOT GUNS
- WE THE PEOPLE DESERVE TO BE SAFE
- DISARM HATE
- HOW MANY TEARS, HOW MUCH BLOOD, WILL IT TAKE?
- ASSAULT WEAPONS TERRORIZE OUR STREETS
- NO GUNS IN MY SCHOOL!!!
- GUNS + SCHOOL = IT DOESN’T ADD UP!
- ACTUALLY- GUNS REALLY DO KILL PEOPLE
- FREE BUNGEE JUMPS FOR CONGRESSMEN/ NO STRINGS ATTACHED!
- THE TIME IS ALWAYS RIGHT TO DO WHAT IS RIGHT – MLK
- TEACH PEACE
- END GUN VIOLENCE – OUR LIVES MATTER
- BAN ASSAULT WEAPONS – NOT PEOPLE
- THE NRA OWNS YOUR GOVERNMENT
- VOTES NOT GUNS – REGISTER TO VOTE!
- DEMOCRACY IS US – VOTE
March For Our Lives is created by, inspired by, and led by students across the country who will no longer risk their lives waiting for someone else to take action to stop the epidemic of school shootings that has become all too familiar. In the tragic wake of the seventeen lives brutally cut short, dozens injured and thousands impacted in Florida, politicians are telling us that now is not the time to talk about gun violence. March For Our Lives believes the time is now.
ABOUT MARCH FOR OUR LIVES
On Saturday, March 24th, the students, families and allies of March For Our Lives will take to the streets of Washington, DC, and hundreds of other communities to demand that their lives and safety become a priority. The collective voices of the March For Our Lives movement will be heard. While not everyone can make it to Washington, everyone can mobilize in their own community! We put together this guide on how to get started in your own community. For updates and more information between now and the march go tomarchforourlives.com.
The Impact of Gun Violence on American Children and Teens
Gun violence has a devastating impact on American children and teens. Nearly 1,400 American children (ages 0-17) are shot and killed and nearly 7,000 more were shot and injured every year – that’s an average of 23 children shot every day. And the effects of gun violence extend far beyond those struck by a bullet: gun violence shapes the lives of the millions of children who witness it, know someone who was shot, or live in fear of the next shooting.
- Gun-related deaths are now the third leading cause of death for American children.
- Every day, an average of four children are shot and killed, and nearly 19 more are shot and injured.
- This is a uniquely American problem. Compared to other high-income countries,
- American children aged 5-14 are 14 times more likely to be killed with guns; and
- American adolescents and young adults aged 15-24 are 23 times more likely to be killed with guns.
- Most child gun deaths are homicides, which are often connected to domestic violence.
- Homicides account for 35% of all gun deaths in the US, but when
- American children are killed with guns, 53% are homicides – about 750 per year.
- Those gun homicides of children are often connected to domestic or family violence.
- Between 2009 and 2016, 25% of all mass shooting fatalities – 211 deaths were children
- About 40% of child gun deaths are suicides, usually involving a family member’s gun.
- Suicides account for 40% of child gun deaths – over 500 per year.
- The child gun suicide rate is on the rise, increasing 95% between 2007 and 2016 to its highest rate in over a decade.
- When children die by gun suicide, they are likely to have used a gun they found at home: over 80% of youth gun suicides used a gun belonging to a parent or relative.
- Another 6% of child gun deaths are the result of unintentional shootings
- Gun violence disproportionately impacts black children.
- Black children are 3 times more likely than white children to be killed with guns. This is driven by a huge disparity in gun homicide rates: black children are 10 times more likely than white children to die by gun homicide.
- Black children are also 7 times more likely than white children to be shot and injured.
- Millions of American children witness shootings every year, an experience that can have a deep and lasting impact.
- An estimated 3 million American children per year witness shootings.
- One study showed that children exposed to violence, crime, and abuse are more likely to abuse drugs and alcohol; suffer from depression, anxiety, and post traumatic stress disorder; fail or have difficulties in school; and become delinquent and engage in criminal behavior.Exposure to firearm violence doubles the probability that an adolescent will commit an act of serious violence themselves over the following two years.
- In America, children and teens are victimized by gun violence every single day.