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Confluence Against Gun Violence

Company Information :
Confluence Against Gun Violence
5125 Penn Ave., Suite 300
Pittsburgh, PA 15224-1687
Ph. 412-322-1330
Fx. 412-235-4062

Media Contacts:
Nathaniel Glosser

Confluence against Gun Violence Leads Effort To Oppose The NRA

Organizer Says NRA Leadership Promotes Violence, Racism, and Bigotry

For Immediate Release

PITTSBURGH/EWORLDWIRE/April 7, 2004 --- The Confluence Against Gun Violence, a coalition of Pittsburgh organizations, is mobilizing to oppose the National Rifle Association (NRA) leadership and its annual convention and gun show which will be held in Pittsburgh on April 16-18. The Confluence will sponsor broad-based educational events during this period, including a teach-in, a candlelight vigil, and a rally and concert.

According to Nathaniel Glosser, president of the Rosenberg Institute for Peace & Justice and lead Confluence organizer, this is likely to be the largest protest the NRA has encountered at its annual conventions for many years. "Pittsburgh is going to say 'no' to the NRA, 'no' to its policies which promote violence, and 'no' to the hate and bigotry the NRA leadership spreads." said Glosser.

Confluence organizers expect the NRA to announce a revamp of its ill-fated plan from last year's annual convention: NRAsafe. When originally announced, NRAsafe was planned as a website to connect NRA members in any particular community who would then band together in neighborhood watches, presumably armed watches, to prevent terrorism, according the NRA. The plan never came to fruition. Glosser explains that was possibly due in part to the criticism leveled against the NRA that NRAsafe watches sounded very much like vigilante militias. A brief flash presentation at the revamped NRAsafe.com shows SARS information coupled with elevated terrorism alerts from the Department of Homeland Security, even though SARS has never been linked to terrorism. "This is further evidence that the NRA will go to any length to increase the culture of fear in the United States in order to create a broader market for the gun industry's products." Glosser said.

For a full release, including information about NRA leadership as well as a list of Confluence-sponsored events, please visit our online pressroom at http://www.GoodByeNRA.org.

The Confluence Against Gun Violence is an ad-hoc coalition of social justice, violence prevention and other progressive groups and individuals that have come together to mobilize a large public opposition to the NRA leadership and its policies concurrent with the NRA 2004 Annual Convention in Pittsburgh. Members: Allegheny County Million Mom March, Association of Pittsburgh Priests, Pittsburgh NAACP, Pennsylvanians Against Handgun Violence/SafePennsylvania, Pittsburgh Stand for Children, Rosenberg Institute for Peace & Justice, Thomas Merton Center.

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Nathaniel Glosser
Rosenberg Institute for Peace & Justice
PHONE. 412 322-1330
FAX. 412-235-4062
EMAIL: nglosser@GoodByeNRA.org

KEYWORDS: handgun, violence, gun, NRA, Pittsburgh, Confluence, Protest

SOURCE: Confluence Against Gun Violence


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