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What is the Sandy Hook Promise?

The Newtown Bee is a community newspaper that probably never thought it would have to publish articles related to a horrific event in the town of Newtown, Connecticut. Most recently, hope has evolved and has been conveyed in an article which appeared in the Bee during the 1 month anniversary date of the Newtown shootings.

The article, by Andrew Gorosko, states…

“One month after the December 14 shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, which saw 26 people die in a hail of gunfire, a Newtown-based public advocacy group known as Sandy Hook Promise introduced itself to the national and international media at a heavily attended press conference at the Edmond Town Hall gymnasium on Monday, January 14.

Group members said they are focused on preventing similar tragedies from occurring again.

Among those attending the session were the survivors of some of the victims of the shootings, some first responders to the incident, and members of Sandy Hook Promise, which is seeking legal status as a tax-exempt public charity.

Parents of several of the victims who died in the incident spoke emotionally, pledging that they will work through the advocacy group to prevent such incidents from occurring again.”

What is the Sandy Hook Promise? It is a non-profit organization which has been newly created. However, when one looks at the website of sandyhookpromise.org…it becomes very apparent that this is more than an organization. Read, in their own words, the mission…pray that God will continue to guide them in this endeavor…

Our hearts are broken;
Our spirit is not.

And it is with this knowledge
that we are able to move forward
with purpose…and strength…

This is a Promise

To support our own
our families, our neighbors, our teachers, our community
with dedication and love
as well as the material and financial needs they will require
in the days ahead.

This is a Promise

To truly honor the lives lost
by turning our tragedy into a moment of transformation.

This is a Promise

To be open to all possibilities.
There is no agenda other than to make
our community and our nation a safer, better place.

This is a Promise

To have the conversations on ALL the issues
Conversations where listening is as important as speaking.
Conversations where even those with the most opposing views
can debate in good will.

This is a Promise

To turn the conversation into actions.
Things must change.
This is the time.

This is a Promise

We make to our precious children.
Because each child, every human life is filled with promise,
and though we continue to be filled with unbearable pain
we choose love, belief, and hope
instead of anger.

This is a Promise

To do everything in our power to be remembered
not as the town filled with grief and victims;
but as the place where
real change began.

Important readings…

http://newtownbee.com/

 

 

Originally posted on Donna Hupe’s blog on the Saint Vincent College website.
Opinions and views are her own, and not that of the College.

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