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Here's the press release:
Activists to Target NRA “K” Street Lobbyists – Hand Deliver NRA Checks & Post-Mortem Victim Photos
“March on NRA Lobbyists” Begins at Noon, Thursday, April 25th at McPherson Square
Unveiling of new Shepard Fairey anti-NRA artwork
WASHINGTON, DC –Riding a wave of public anger at the Senate's failure to pass even minimal gun control legislation, a coalition of activists, advocates and campaign finance reformers will lead a march on Washington firearms lobbyists this Thursday, April 25 at NOON. The goal is to drag the lobbyists out of the shadows where they prefer to operate and expose exactly how the National Rifle Association subverts democracy.
The event will begin with a news conference in McPherson Square, where gun violence prevention leaders will lay out the web of influence controlled by the NRA and unveil a new anti-NRA artwork by Shepard Fairey, who produced the most memorable image of Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign.
The protest will then move along the K Street corridor, symbolically holding up giant checks from the NRA made out to key lobbying firms and delivering crime-scene photos illustrating the devastating effects of gun violence to those firms' offices.
Participating organizations include Public Campaign, Occupy the NRA, CREDO, Every Child Matters, Moveon, United For Change, USA, New Yorkers Against Gun Violence, The Other 98%, and We Act Radio.
"Victims of gun violence and their surviving family members in Aurora and Newtown can't write big checks to buy time and influence with elected officials," said Nick Nyhart, president and CEO of Public Campaign. "It's no accident the Senate could not bring itself to close the gun show loophole and institute universal background checks for gun purchasers -- a measure supported by more than 90 percent of the public. Americans deserve a political system that allows politicians to do what's best for the majority, not just their big campaign donors."
The news conference will not only name NRA lobbyists; it will also name the non-NRA clients of those lobbyists and challenge them to distance themselves from their firms.
Nick Nyhart, Public Campaign
Nardyne Jefferies, gun safety advocate whose daughter was killed in a drive by shooting on South Capitol
Maria Roach, United For Change, USA
Leah Gunn Barrett, New Yorkers Against Gun Violence
Stephen Clermont, Every Child Matters Education Fund
Cliff Schecter – Gun safety advocate and writer – moderator
What: A news conference starting at McPherson Square targeting NRA lobbyists and proceeding along the K Street corridor
When: This Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 12:00 NOON
Where: McPherson Square, South Lawn
Why: Because the NRA’s lobbyists are culpable. They can no longer hide in the shadows while Americans are killed by their handiwork. Their other clients have the right to know how little they value public safety.