Media Contact: Stephanie Hogenson
Outreach Director, Children’s Defense Fund-Minnesota
Children’s Defense Fund-Minnesota Freedom Schools® Scholars to March to State Capitol to “Protect Children, Not Guns”
Local children and community members will take action to encourage gun violence prevention
- A child or teen is killed with a gun every 2 hours and 34 minutes minutes in the United States.
- 3,410 children and teens were killed by guns in 2017 – enough to fill 71 school buses.
- Guns kill more children under 5 each year than law enforcement officers in the line of duty.
Who: Nearly 1,200 Freedom School Scholars from summer program sites in Minneapolis, St. Paul and surrounding suburbs will be joined by several elected officials in a march from Summit Park to a rally on the State Capitol lawn.
When: 11:30 on Wednesday, July 17, 2019
Where: March will begin at Summit Park (across from St. Paul College) and will go to the State Capitol where students will gather for cheers, chants, and short presentations, including from State Representative Dave Pinto who leads the efforts to protect children, not guns at the state legislature.
If you would like to attend the event or arrange interviews with CDF Freedom Schools leaders, please contact Stephanie Hogenson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 612-978-7365.