To End #Disarmhate Week

CeaseFirePA Executive Director Shira Goodman stood with Reverend Carolyn Canvaness and Senator Bob Casey urging Congress to pass legislation which would prohibit gun ownership for those convicted of hate crimes.  Senator Casey said, “If you’ve been convicted of a crime based on hate, you should have zero access to a gun.  It’s not complicated.”  The Senator advocated and urged for the passage of the Disarm Hate Act which has been introduced by Casey and Senator David Cicilline (D-RI-01)

We would also like to give a special thanks to Reverend Cavaness, who serves as the first woman pastor of the 120 year old Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Ardmore. We truly appreciate you opening Bethel AME’s church doors to us and joining in on the fight to #Disarmhate

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We must remember and disarm hate!

One year ago, we woke to the news of the worst mass shooting in modern American history — 49 killed at the Pulse Night Club in Orlando. Today, all over the nation, the anniversary is being marked — in life-affirming celebrations and parties, demonstrating that love conquers hate.

 But we need more than parties and slogans — we need better policies, stronger laws, and real will and courage to make America safer. Senator Casey has introduced a bill to prohibit those convicted of hate crimes from purchasing firearms.  We need laws like this, and comprehensive background checks and tough punishments for traffickers, to keep guns out of the hands of those who should not have them.

 Taking a stand against gun violence means we must Disarm Hate. Thank you for standing with us.

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Senator Casey Announces “Disarm Hate” Bill

Senator Casey just announced a new bill that would keep firearms out of the hands of those who have committed hate crimes. The Disarm Hate Act would prevent individuals convicted of violent misdemeanor hate crimes from purchasing or possessing firearms.

“If you’ve been convicted of a crime based on hate, you should have zero access to a gun. It’s not complicated,” said Senator Casey. “It is time for Congress to step up to the horrors of gun violence. If we care about the safety and security of our communities, it’s imperative that we put measures in place to keep guns out of the wrong hands.”

The Disarm Hate Act is endorsed by the following organizations: Americans for Responsible Solutions, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, CeaseFire PA, the Center for American Progress, Everytown for Gun Safety and Sandy Hook Promise.

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A Weekend of Wearing Orange

orange t-shirtFriday, June 2nd was the 3rd National Gun Violence Awareness Day.  The Day’s history can be found here.  CeaseFirePA marked the Day with a weekend of events that highlighted survivors and brought together those who are demanding better gun laws.  First, CeaseFirePA orchestrated a Town Hall with students from Jay Cooke Elementary School.  The students talked with CeaseFirePA Executive Director Shira Goodman about the Legislature’s guns in schools bill and worked to dispell the myth that guns make people safer.

After that CeaseFirePA was in Norristown for a press conference with members of the legislature and Montgomery County Commissioner Dr. Arkoosh.  During the event, two women told their remarkable stories about moving on after gun violence found its way into their homes.  The first speaker lost her husband to suicide and the second had her son gunned down in a case of mistaken identity.  The event also had representatives from the Montgomery County Suicide Prevention Task Force talk about the resources they offer and give advice on how we can be more aware of those in distress.


Then it was onto Media PA.  Delaware County United for Sensible Gun Policy hosted a Wear Orange Rally & March.  Hundreds of Delaware County residents joined together, all clad in orange shirts as survivors, advocates, poets, and elected officials talked about the crises of gun violence.  This event came during a trying day in the city of Chester as multiple people were shot from 7:15-1:45 resulting in the death of a local teen.

On Saturday Moms Demand Action and Justice for Alex hosted a march through the Philadelphia neighborhood of Northern Liberties, and ended with a series of speakers commemorations for victims at Liberty Lands Park.

Then on Saturday CeaseFirePA co-sponsored a “Wear Orange” rally/picnic at Sixth Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill neighborhood. Our Director of Organizing, Rob Conroy along with state Rep. Dan Frankel, Pittsburgh City Councilmen Dan Gilman and Corey O’Connor, and Prevent Another Crime Today (P.A.C.T.) andGreater Pittsburgh Coalition Against Violence (CAV) co-convener Valerie Dixon, highlighted the day.



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Wear Orange 2017

orange t-shirtFriday June 2nd


National Gun Violence Awareness Day Event

1:00 PM

Montgomery County Courthouse


Delco United Wear Orange Rally and Walk in Media, PA

6:30 – 9:00 PM

Second Baptist Church (Rally Site)

400 East State Street, Media, PA 19063


Filming of Gun Violence Awareness Dramatization

5-5:30 pm

Gettysburg Seminary

West side of Valentine Hall, Valentine 206 if rain

Gettysburg PA 17325


Saturday June 3rd


Wear Orange Pittsburgh Event

2-4 PM

Sixth Presbyterian Church, Squirrel Hill

1688 Murray Ave, Pittsburgh PA 15217


2nd Annual Angel Picnic

11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Liberty Lands Park @ 3rd and Poplar Streets, Philadelphia PA


Harrisburg Area Wear Orange Walk

10:30 am – 12 pm

Capitol Steps

501 North 3rd Street, Harrisburg, PA 17120


To learn more about Wear Orange visit 

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Lawmakers Introduce Universal Background Check Bill

HARRISBURG, May 23 – A bipartisan group of lawmakers on Tuesday announced the introduction of a bill to require universal background checks for all firearm purchases in Pennsylvania.

State Rep. Jamie Santora, R- Delaware, Rep. Dom Costa, D-Allegheny, and Rep. Madeleine Dean, D-Montgomery, authored H.B. 1400. The legislation would require background checks for all firearm sales, excluding familial transfers. The bill would additionally allow someone to obtain a multiple-day background check for use at a licensed gun show in Pennsylvania.

“While there is no single solution to the terrible problem of gun violence, there are measures that we can take to save lives. We can increase access and funding for mental health services and reporting; we can enforce the gun laws that we already have; and we can enact sensible legislation where there are gaps in our laws,” Dean said. “House Bill 1400 would close one of these dangerous gaps. Requiring universal background checks is common sense and is supported by 90 percent of Americans and 84 percent of gun owners. Background checks for all gun sales and transfers will save lives.”

The lawmakers emphasized the broad community support for such a measure.

“I’ve always said I’d support reasonable legislation for firearm ownership. I believe that, for the safety of our community, anyone who wishes to purchase a firearm should be required to submit to a background check. It is not only good practice but a good common-sense practice,” Costa said. “The majority of sportsmen and gun owners that I have spoken to agree with universal background checks for the purchase of any firearm. As a former law enforcement officer, and a gun owner who strongly supports the Second Amendment, I stand in support of House Bill 1400 and encourage my colleagues to do the same.”

The bill has been referred to the Judiciary Committee.

“This is not about stepping on anyone’s Second Amendment right, this is strictly about common sense,” Santora said. “With this bill, any person in Pennsylvania that carries a concealed carry permit will now only have to get one background check per gun show, instead of having to go through the process multiple times.”

The lawmakers were joined Tuesday at a news conference by representatives of CeaseFirePA, a statewide organization working to take a stand against gun violence, and other supporters.

“CeaseFirePA is so pleased that this group of lawmakers has come together to draft a bill that will help keep guns out of the hands of those who should not have them,” said Shira Goodman, executive director of CeaseFirePA. “Almost 90 percent of Pennsylvanians agree that all gun sales should have background checks. This is a bill that gun owners and non-gun owners alike should support.”

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