Gun Violence Press Conference

Pastor Anthony Williams, leader of Chicago’s Martin Luther King Community Church, is holding a press conference at The Riverside Church to call on President Biden to sign an executive order to declare violence as a public health pandemic. His goal is to change how the nation looks at violence – to see it through a public health lens rather than a criminal justice lens – and adjust our response and resource allocations accordingly. Seizing on the momentum of the current climate, Pastor Williams led an eleven day walk from Chicago on June 23, arriving in Washington D.C. on July 4, to raise awareness and take the cause to the people.

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 11, 2021
Contacts: Brian Simpson | bsimpson@trcnyc.org | 917.656.7377
John E. Davis – 312.622.1246 | jeddavis3@gmail.com
Pastor Anthony Williams Calls on President Biden to Declare Violence a Public Health Pandemic
WHO: Pastor Anthony Williams, Martin Luther King Community Church, Chicago
WHEN: Thursday, July 15 at 12:00 noon
WHERE: The Nave of The Riverside Church, 91 Claremont Avenue, New York, NY 10027
Morningside Heights, NY – Pastor Anthony Williams, leader of Chicago’s Martin Luther King Community Church, is holding a press conference at The Riverside Church to call on President Biden to sign an executive order to declare violence as a public health pandemic. His goal is to change how the nation looks at violence – to see it through a public health lens rather than a criminal justice lens – and adjust our response and resource allocations accordingly.
Seizing on the momentum of the current climate, Pastor Williams led an eleven day walk from Chicago on June 23, arriving in Washington D.C. on July 4, to raise awareness and take the cause to the people.
His timing is prescient: Here in New York, in the first of its kind in the U.S., Governor Andrew Cuomo issued an executive order just last week declaring Gun Violence a Disaster Emergency (details at https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/governor-cuomo-declares-first-nation-gun-violence-disaster-emergency-part-comprehensive).
After losing his 34 year old son to violence in 2018, Pastor Williams successfully persuaded Illinois to declare violence as a public health crisis in 2020, resulting in a new law signed in April that targets high-violence areas by providing more state funding for health care, education, and economic development targeting the root causes of violence.
For more background on Pastor Williams, see this United Church of Christ profile: https://www.ucc.org/chicago-ucc-pastor-walks-to-dc-to-press-biden-to-address-us-violence-pandemic/.
About The Riverside Church
Located in Morningside Heights on the Upper West Side, The Riverside Church in the City of New York is one of the leading voices of Progressive Christianity, influential on America’s religious and political landscapes for more than 85 years. Built by John D. Rockefeller Jr. and currently led by interim senior minister Rev. Michael Livingston, the interracial, interdenominational, and international church has long been a forum for important civic and spiritual leaders, including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Nelson Mandela, President Clinton, the Dalai Lama, and countless others. Visit www.trcnyc.org or find us on social media to learn more about our rich history and the latest news and events.
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