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The Fight for Gun Violence Prevention Isn't Over

The Fight for Gun Violence Prevention Isn't Over

Two teens in tallitot holding gun violence prevention signs at a recent march

Marching this weekend was only part of our journey to end gun violence in America. Our march didn’t end when we headed home.

Our work is centered on three pillars, and there are so many ways to get involved with each. There are three things we're asking you to do in the next few weeks to keep this momentum going, and put pressure on our elected officials:

1. Accountability.

We have to hold our elected officials accountable. The next two weeks, Congress has a recess – they are at home, in our districts. On our website, you can find out where they have town halls in the next two weeks. Show up and ask them what they are doing to keep us safe and end gun violence. Also on our site, you'll find sample scripts and tips for how to get called upon when attending a townhall.

2. Action.

Rally everyone in your life for a call-in day on gun violence prevention on April 10th. Our movement will flood Capitol Hill with calls demanding action the day Congress is back in session.

In the meantime, visit nfty.org/march24, where you can use the sample letter provided to email your members of Congress. Don't forget to add your own reasons why gun violence prevention matters to you.

3. Allyship.

We stand with those affected by gun violence in every corner of America. Join our intersectional, intergenerational movement by committing to staying engaged, keeping pressure on Congress, and getting out the vote.

Keep an eye on www.nfty.org/gvp/act, which will be updated regularly as reform Jewish teen leaders set up more opportunities to make change, with the power of our movement behind them.

As a unified Reform Jewish community, we have tremendous power we can leverage to make change.

Let’s get to work.

Zachary Herrmann from Congregation Kol Ami in Vancouver, Washington, is the 2017-18 president of NFTY: The Reform Jewish Youth Movement. Zach was previously president of NFTY's Northwest Region (NW) and is an active member of his local Jewish community. He has a passion for change, working as both a leader and team player. He gives much of the credit for his determination and drive to his years at the URJ Camp Kalsman, URJ Kutz Camp, and NFTY-NW. Zach is committed to everything he does, always striving to perform to the best of his abilities, and is ready to proudly represent the voice of Reform Jewish teens across America.

Zachary Herrmann
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