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Democrats Plan Dozens of Events Wednesday to Protest Gun Violence

National day of action comes a week after a sit-in on the House floor

House Democrats leave the Capitol after last week's sit-in. Many are hosting gun control events through the country Wednesday.  ( Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
House Democrats leave the Capitol after last week's sit-in. Many are hosting gun control events through the country Wednesday.  ( Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

A week after Democrats staged a nearly 26-hour sit-in on the House floor, they’re taking their message to the people and holding dozens of events Wednesday throughout the country as part of a national day of action against gun violence.   

“Tomorrow, listen to the stories of the families who have lost loved ones to gun violence,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said in a statement. “Listen to the heartbreak that ripples through a community with each gun death. We owe them more than thoughts and prayers and moments of silence. We owe them a vote in the House on commonsense, life-saving legislation that will prevent more families from experiencing their suffering.”  

Below is a list of the events Democrats are scheduled to hold Wednesday.  

Note: Times are Eastern time zone unless otherwise noted.
9 a.m. – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer of Maryland and Illinois Reps. Robin Kelly,
 Jan Schakowsky,  Danny Davis, Bill Foster and 
Mike Quigley  hold a rally in Chicago. 

9 a.m.  MT –  Arizona Rep. Ruben Gallego holds a press call with gun violence prevention advocates.   

10 a.m. – Maryland Reps. Elijah E. Cummings, Chris Van Hollen, C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger and John Sarbanes hold an event with gun violence survivors and local faith and community leaders in Baltimore. 

10 a.m. – Connecticut Reps. Elizabeth Esty and Rosa DeLauro and Governor Dannel Malloy hold a press conference with gun control advocates at the University of Connecticut Health Center in Farmington.   

10:30 a.m. – Pennsylvania Reps. Brendan Boyle and Robert Brady will hold an event at city hall in Philadelphia with Mayor James Kenney and local gun violence survivors. Boyle plans to stream the event live from his Facebook page
10:30 a.m. – New Jersey Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. holds a news conference in Saddle Brook with local public safety officials and representatives from gun violence prevention groups.

11 a.m. – New York Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney  hosts a sit-in at a park in the upper east side of Manhattan with gun violence survivors and prevention advocates.   

11 a.m. – New York Rep. Steve Israel holds a round-table discussion with local elected officials and gun violence prevention and LGBT advocates.   

11:30 a.m. – Georgia Rep. John Lewis holds a town hall in Atlanta.  

11:30 a.m. – Georgia Rep. Hank Johnson will hold a meeting at his office in Lithonia with the local chapter of Moms Demand Action. On Thursday, Johnson will meet with local mothers who lost their children to gun violence.  

12 p.m. – New Jersey Rep. Frank Pallone, Jr will hold a symbolic sit-in with constituents in his district office in New Brunswick  to continue the conversation about what can be done to prevent mass shootings.  

12:15 p.m. PT – House Democratic Caucus Chairman Xavier Becerra and fellow California Reps. Lucille Roybal-Allard,
 Judy Chu,
 Karen Bass and
 Alan Lowenthal will  host a round-table at city hall in Los Angeles with local leaders and gun violence victims to discuss ways to secure a vote in Congress to prevent gun violence, followed by a news conference at 12:45 p.m.  

1 p.m. PT – Pelosi and fellow California Reps. Mike Thompson, Barbara Lee, Mike Honda and Eric Swalwell, local law enforcement officials, community leaders and survivors of gun violence will hold a “family sit-in to disarm hate” at the Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center.  

1 p.m. – Pennsylvania Rep. Mike Doyle holds an event in Pittsburgh with local elected officials, community leaders and advocates.   

1:30 p.m. – New York Rep. Joe Crowley will hold a round-table at his office in Jackson Heights with gun violence survivors, prevention advocates and community and faith leaders.  

1:30 p.m. –  Tennessee Rep. Steve Cohen will hold a meeting in Memphis with local groups concerned about gun violence and local government officials.   

2 p.m. – Michigan Reps. John Conyers, Debbie Dingell, Dan Kildee, Brenda Lawrence, and Sander Levin will hold a panel discussion with community leaders in Berkley.   

2 p.m. – New Jersey Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman will host a round-table with community leaders in Trenton. She plans to stream a live feed of the event from her Facebook page .   

2 p.m. PT – California Rep. Doris Matsui hosting a virtual roundtable tomorrow with public health experts from Sacramento, CA as part of a National Day of Action to Prevent Gun Violence. The roundtable will be live streamed to the public via a Google Hangout On Air 

2 p.m. PT – Washington Reps. Jim McDermott and Adam Smith will join members of the Washington chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America and the Everytown Survivor Network for a “National Day of Action” community meeting in Seattle, calling for action to prevent gun violence.  

3 p.m. – Rhode Island Reps. David N. Cicilline and Jim Langevin will hold a public sit-in at the Providence Public Safety Complex. 
4 p.m. – Connecticut Rep. John Larson holds a call to action with local elected officials and leaders in Hartford. The event will be live streamed via Periscope .  

4 p.m. – New York   Rep. Gregory W. Meeks will join Life Camp, a victim’s family, community leaders, civic organizations and members of the clergy to discuss a recent shooting and how to prevent gun violence in New York City.    

– Today, U.S. Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) will lead a series of events in San Diego as part of the national day of action against gun violence. Democratic members of Congress are holding dozens of events across the country to continue calling for votes on bipartisan measures to curb gun violence. Congressman Peters was the first member to live-stream the House sit-in protest last week, and has long been a vocal advocate for commonsense gun safety proposals to keep guns out of the hands of criminals, domestic abusers, and suspected terrorists.  

4:30 PT: Rep. Scott Peters will tour the University of California San Diego Medical Center’s trauma and lead a round table with medical, domestic violence and mental health professionals. At 7:30 PT, he will deliver remarks during the annual Pride Lighting Ceremony at the UC San Diego Medical Center.  

5 p.m. – District of Columbia Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton and California Rep. John Garamendi will host a roundtable at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library in northwest D.C. with Metropolitan Police Department Chief Cathy Lanier and five District of Columbia residents who have been affected by gun violence.  

5 p.m. CT – Wisconsin Rep. Mark Pocan holds a rally in Madison with local politicians and community leaders.   

5 p.m. – Kentucky Rep. John Yarmuth holds a press conference and rally in Louisville with local politicians and community leaders.   

6 p.m. PT – California Rep. Judy Chu will host an event in Pasadena  called “SPEAK OUT: Enough is Enough” in which public officials, families and victims of gun violence and faith and community leaders will share their personal stories about how they were affected by gun violence.  

6 p.m. PT – California Rep. Alan Lowenthal hosts community forum in Long Beach with Mayor Robert Garcia and representatives from the Brady Campaign and Moms Demand Action.
6:30 p.m. PT – California Rep. Tony Cárdenas holds a forum with community advocates in Sylmar.  

6:30 p.m. MT – New Mexico Rep. Lujan Grisham holds a rally in Albuquerque.  

7 p.m. – Massachusetts Rep. Jim McGovern will hold a community rally in Worcester  to discuss current efforts at the local, state, and national levels to address gun violence and how members of the community can do their part.  

7 p.m. – New Jersey Rep. Donald Norcross participates in the March for Love, a walk in Pennsauken  to honor the victims of the Orlando shooting and spread the message of love and equality hosted by the Camden County Board of Freeholders.   

12 p.m. – Massachusetts Rep. Katherine Clark, state, and local leaders and representatives gun safety organizations will hold a rally on the steps of the state house in Boston. 

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