Hadiya Pendleton's Mother at Press Conference on Valentine's Day

Feb 13, 2013, 06:00 ET from Children's Defense Fund

Children's Defense Fund and One Million Moms for Gun Control

WASHINGTON, Feb. 13, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is being released by the Children's Defense Fund:

What:  On Thursday, February 14, from 8:30 a.m.9:30 a.m., the Children's Defense Fund and One Million Moms for Gun Control will hold a "Have A Heart – Protect Children, Not Guns" press conference two months to the day following the tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. The child advocacy organization has partnered with the grassroots movement to call on all members of Congress to fast track common sense gun safety laws to protect children instead of guns as the gun violence epidemic in America takes the life of a child every three hours and fifteen minutes. Volunteers from One Million Moms for Gun Control and the Children's Defense Fund will leave immediately following the press conference to deliver homemade valentines from moms and broken-hearted teddy bears with the message to protect children, not guns to members of Congress. 

Who:    Cleopatra Cowley, mother of Hadiya Pendleton, 15-year-old gun victim in Chicago;
Rep. Mike Thompson, (D-CA) Vietnam veteran, gun owner, chair of gun violence prevention taskforce;
Rep. Elizabeth Esty, (D-CT) represents Newtown and member of gun violence prevention taskforce;
Shannon Watts, founder, One Million Moms for Gun Control;
Patti Hassler, VP Communications, Children's Defense Fund, sister of Pamela Jean Hassler Groff, victim of domestic gun violence in Quarryville, PA.

When:  Thursday, February 14
8:00 – 8:30 a.m. – Press registration.
8:30 – 9:30 a.m. Press conference.
9:30 – 11:00a.m. – Moms deliver homemade hearts and teddy bears to Congress.

Where: Children's Defense Fund
25 E Street NW
Washington, DC

About the Children's Defense Fund
The Children's Defense Fund Leave No Child Behind® mission is to ensure every child a Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start and a Moral Start in life and successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities. (www.childrensdefense.org)

About One Million Moms for Gun Control:
One Million Moms for Gun Control (www.onemillionmomsforguncontrol.org) was created after the mass shooting at Sandy Hook to demand action on common-sense gun legislation. The non-partisan grassroots movement of American mothers is demanding new and stronger solutions to lax gun laws and loopholes that have jeopardized the safety of our children and families. In just two months, the organization has established nearly 80 chapters across the United States and has tens of thousands of members.

For More Information Contact:
Patti Hassler
Vice President of Communications and Outreach
202-662-3554 office

SOURCE Children's Defense Fund