Saperstein & Faith Leaders Release Gun Violence Prevention Ad

In anticipation of this weekend’s gun violence prevention Sabbath, national faith leaders unveiled a new video urging Congress to pass sensible legislation to curb gun violence. Partnering with Mayor Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns, the faith leaders featured in the short video continue to sound a moral drumbeat for change.

Rabbi Saperstein, Director of the Religious Action Center, and Rabbi Esther Lederman, of Temple Micah in Washington, D.C. represented the Reform Jewish community. Rabbi Gil Steinlauf, from Adas Israel Congregation in Washington, D.C. ensured that the Conservative movement was also included, demonstrating the broad consensus in the Jewish community that gun violence prevention measures are a priority.

Others featured in the PSA include leaders from the Catholic, Islamic, Presbyterian, Episcopalian, AME Zion, Baptist, and Sojourner denominations, with key leaders from other national faith-based organizations such as Sister Simone Campbell, the Executive Director of NETWORK, and Reverend Jennifer Butler, the Executive Director of Faith and Public Life, also participating.

Earlier this week, a letter distributed by the clergy of Newtown, CT was featured in an ad in the Des Moines Register, with over 4,000 clergy from around the country signed on. The faith community continues to be influential in national discourse on gun violence, and this short is a strong demonstration of such dedication.

Find out if your congregation is participating in this weekend’s gun violence prevention Sabbath by visiting Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence, and encourage your community to take action! Be sure to also take advantage of our community resource guide.

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