'Safe Kids Rally' to Be Held Mother's Day Weekend

43,000 Children in King County Live in Homes Where Guns Are Stored Unsafely



Apr 24, 2001, 01:00 ET from Million Mom March

    SEATTLE, April 24 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- Nearly 20
 different community groups and agencies will come together on Saturday, May
 12, for the first-of-its kind "Safe Kids Rally" at Seattle Center, Center
 House.  The event, sponsored by the Million Mom March organization on the
 Saturday before Mother's Day, is open to the public and free of charge.
     Honorary Chair Mona Lee Locke said, "We're thrilled with the tremendous
 response to the Safe Kids Rally.  City, county and state officials will be on
 hand, as well as experts from the medical, education and law enforcement
 fields."  There will be youth performances and activities for kids, as well as
 opportunities for people to meet public officials and contact their
 legislators.
     Citing the growing need to provide a wide variety of information related
 to safety including bullying, youth suicide and gun violence, Mrs. Locke said
 the Safe Kids Rally will bring together experts, parents and children to help
 address these problems.
     A major focus will be the "ASK" campaign (Asking Saves Kids), which
 encourages parents to ask whether there are guns in the homes where their
 children play.  Parents are frequently shocked by the statistics:  40 percent
 of U.S. households with children have guns, and 43 percent of those guns are
 not locked away.  Based on a 1998 behavioral risk factor survey, it is
 estimated that approximately 43,000 children in King County under 18 years of
 age live in homes where firearms are reported to be unlocked.
     Marilyn Canfield, president of Seattle/King County Million Mom March, said
 the public should be outraged by that statistic.  "For the 43,000 children
 living in homes in King County with unlocked firearms, this represents a huge
 public safety concern.  We need to address this problem and add 'the gun
 question' to the safety mantras already second-nature to many families like
 wearing seat belts and designated drivers."
     Mayor Paul Schell, King County Executive Ron Sims, State School
 Superintendent Terry Bergeson and Seattle School Superintendent Joseph
 Olchefske are among the participants at the Safe Kids Rally (see full list
 below).  Young people with first-hand experiences of gun violence and bullying
 will tell their stories, and younger children can leave their handprints on a
 "Safe Hand" banner and make Mother's Day cards.  Diversity Dance Workshop will
 perform three pieces including their celebrated "Confusion" and "Racism"
 dances, and Taproot Theatre will perform a presentation of "Remote Control," a
 play focused on high schoolers making good decisions.
     The Million Mom March organization is one of the nation's newest yet most
 respected common sense gun legislation groups.  Last year's Mother's Day
 events brought together over 750,000 people in Washington, D.C., and another
 100,000 in 73 other cities, including Seattle.  Those efforts marked a turning
 point in America's infatuation with guns.  Since that time, the "Moms" have
 actively supported common sense gun legislation and helped make this a
 mainstream issue at the state and local levels.
     The 2001 event in Seattle will be mirrored by similar rallies all across
 America.  The Million Moms will converge on state capitols and major cities,
 demanding state and local legislators work towards sensible gun laws including
 licensing and registration, closing the "gun show loophole," enacting gun
 safety standards, and limiting handgun purchases to one a month.
     "The Million Mom March has grown into a powerful grassroots movement, with
 over 230 chapters across the country," said Canfield.  "It provides a voice
 for the once silent majority of Americans who don't want our children to grow
 up in fear of having their lives cut short by gun violence."
     "In addition to an education event for those with children, the May 12
 rally will be a celebration, a remembrance and a call to action.  If you
 marched last year, do it again," she added.  "If you didn't, join us this
 year.  We need to cry out in one loud voice that we love our children too much
 to see them victimized by firearm violence."
     For more information, call 206-769-WMMM or visit the Million Mom March
 website, www.millionmommarchwastate.com
 
     PLEASE SEE ATTACHMENT FOR LIST OF EVENTS/PRESENTERS.
 
                               "Safe Kids Rally"
             Saturday, May 12, 2001, Seattle Center (Center House)
 
                        ONGOING ACTIVITIES 10:00 - 3:00
     -- Send a card to your legislators urging they pass common sense gun laws
     -- Kids can make Mother's Day cards
     -- Information on suicide prevention, youth violence prevention, bullying
        and other topics
     -- Meet your public officials
     -- Safe gun storage display and literature
     -- Information on how to "ASK" if there are guns in the homes where your
        children play
     -- Kids can put leave their handprints on our "Safe Hands" banner
     -- Kids coloring stickers
     -- Seattle Police and King County Sheriff officers on hand to answer your
        questions
 
                           CORE PROGRAM 11:00 - 1:00
     -- Diversity Dance Workshop performances integrate the energy and
        enthusiasm of youth with the dynamics of dance, music and drama to help
        young people combat destructive behavior
     -- Youth from the Institute for Community Leadership will perform their
        own readings
     -- Gun violence victim Todd Stabelfeldt of Bainbridge Island will tell his
        story
     -- "Safety in our Schools":  State School Superintendent Terry Bergeson,
        Seattle School Superintendent Joseph Olchefske, and Washington State
        PTA President Rita Creighton
     -- Dr. David Heywood of Kirkland will address how one simple question can
        save a child's life
     -- Dir. of Public Health Dr. Alonzo Plough will address King Co. gun
        violence and safe storage
     -- Nicole Robertson, M.A, Pierce County Safe Kids Coalition:  "The
        Problems and Hidden Warnings of Youth Suicide"
     -- Youth Education Program performance, "The Heat:  Guns on the Street"
     -- Mercer Island Pediatrician Danette Glassy, M.D, Chair of the Attorney
        General's Task Force on Bullying:  "Bullying - Prevention and Solutions
        to a Growing Problem"
     -- Maire Dhu Lemley, Des Moines Pacific Middle School PTSA President,
        "Victory Over Violence"
     -- Youth N Action's Rutia Currey, "My Experience With Bullying"
     -- Seattle Mayor Paul Schell
     -- King County Executive Ron Sims
     -- 13-year-old Whitney Gill of Marysville, friend of Whitney Graves
        "Nothing Has Been Done Since my Friend Died"
     -- First Lady Mona Lee Locke, Honorary Chair
 
 
                                   1:00-3:00
     -- Music from "Sunshine Generation"
     -- Taproot Theatre performs "Remote Control," a 40-minute play for high
        school students about positive choice and self-esteem, dealing with
        issues such as alcohol/drug abuse, guns and eating disorders.
     -- Music by "Raging Grannies"
 
                        Other Sponsors and Participants
                              Washington Ceasefire
                       Seattle/King County Public Health
                              Washington State PTA
            YEP, Youth Education Program students of Seattle Schools
                        King County Community Organizing
                              King County Sheriff
                           Seattle Police Department
                                City of Seattle
                      Physicians for Social Responsibility
                       Institute for Community Leadership
                             Committee for Children
                             League of Women Voters
                            Group Health Cooperative
                            Sammamish High Key Club
                 Children's Hospital & Regional Medical Center
 
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SOURCE Million Mom March
    SEATTLE, April 24 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- Nearly 20
 different community groups and agencies will come together on Saturday, May
 12, for the first-of-its kind "Safe Kids Rally" at Seattle Center, Center
 House.  The event, sponsored by the Million Mom March organization on the
 Saturday before Mother's Day, is open to the public and free of charge.
     Honorary Chair Mona Lee Locke said, "We're thrilled with the tremendous
 response to the Safe Kids Rally.  City, county and state officials will be on
 hand, as well as experts from the medical, education and law enforcement
 fields."  There will be youth performances and activities for kids, as well as
 opportunities for people to meet public officials and contact their
 legislators.
     Citing the growing need to provide a wide variety of information related
 to safety including bullying, youth suicide and gun violence, Mrs. Locke said
 the Safe Kids Rally will bring together experts, parents and children to help
 address these problems.
     A major focus will be the "ASK" campaign (Asking Saves Kids), which
 encourages parents to ask whether there are guns in the homes where their
 children play.  Parents are frequently shocked by the statistics:  40 percent
 of U.S. households with children have guns, and 43 percent of those guns are
 not locked away.  Based on a 1998 behavioral risk factor survey, it is
 estimated that approximately 43,000 children in King County under 18 years of
 age live in homes where firearms are reported to be unlocked.
     Marilyn Canfield, president of Seattle/King County Million Mom March, said
 the public should be outraged by that statistic.  "For the 43,000 children
 living in homes in King County with unlocked firearms, this represents a huge
 public safety concern.  We need to address this problem and add 'the gun
 question' to the safety mantras already second-nature to many families like
 wearing seat belts and designated drivers."
     Mayor Paul Schell, King County Executive Ron Sims, State School
 Superintendent Terry Bergeson and Seattle School Superintendent Joseph
 Olchefske are among the participants at the Safe Kids Rally (see full list
 below).  Young people with first-hand experiences of gun violence and bullying
 will tell their stories, and younger children can leave their handprints on a
 "Safe Hand" banner and make Mother's Day cards.  Diversity Dance Workshop will
 perform three pieces including their celebrated "Confusion" and "Racism"
 dances, and Taproot Theatre will perform a presentation of "Remote Control," a
 play focused on high schoolers making good decisions.
     The Million Mom March organization is one of the nation's newest yet most
 respected common sense gun legislation groups.  Last year's Mother's Day
 events brought together over 750,000 people in Washington, D.C., and another
 100,000 in 73 other cities, including Seattle.  Those efforts marked a turning
 point in America's infatuation with guns.  Since that time, the "Moms" have
 actively supported common sense gun legislation and helped make this a
 mainstream issue at the state and local levels.
     The 2001 event in Seattle will be mirrored by similar rallies all across
 America.  The Million Moms will converge on state capitols and major cities,
 demanding state and local legislators work towards sensible gun laws including
 licensing and registration, closing the "gun show loophole," enacting gun
 safety standards, and limiting handgun purchases to one a month.
     "The Million Mom March has grown into a powerful grassroots movement, with
 over 230 chapters across the country," said Canfield.  "It provides a voice
 for the once silent majority of Americans who don't want our children to grow
 up in fear of having their lives cut short by gun violence."
     "In addition to an education event for those with children, the May 12
 rally will be a celebration, a remembrance and a call to action.  If you
 marched last year, do it again," she added.  "If you didn't, join us this
 year.  We need to cry out in one loud voice that we love our children too much
 to see them victimized by firearm violence."
     For more information, call 206-769-WMMM or visit the Million Mom March
 website, www.millionmommarchwastate.com
 
     PLEASE SEE ATTACHMENT FOR LIST OF EVENTS/PRESENTERS.
 
                               "Safe Kids Rally"
             Saturday, May 12, 2001, Seattle Center (Center House)
 
                        ONGOING ACTIVITIES 10:00 - 3:00
     -- Send a card to your legislators urging they pass common sense gun laws
     -- Kids can make Mother's Day cards
     -- Information on suicide prevention, youth violence prevention, bullying
        and other topics
     -- Meet your public officials
     -- Safe gun storage display and literature
     -- Information on how to "ASK" if there are guns in the homes where your
        children play
     -- Kids can put leave their handprints on our "Safe Hands" banner
     -- Kids coloring stickers
     -- Seattle Police and King County Sheriff officers on hand to answer your
        questions
 
                           CORE PROGRAM 11:00 - 1:00
     -- Diversity Dance Workshop performances integrate the energy and
        enthusiasm of youth with the dynamics of dance, music and drama to help
        young people combat destructive behavior
     -- Youth from the Institute for Community Leadership will perform their
        own readings
     -- Gun violence victim Todd Stabelfeldt of Bainbridge Island will tell his
        story
     -- "Safety in our Schools":  State School Superintendent Terry Bergeson,
        Seattle School Superintendent Joseph Olchefske, and Washington State
        PTA President Rita Creighton
     -- Dr. David Heywood of Kirkland will address how one simple question can
        save a child's life
     -- Dir. of Public Health Dr. Alonzo Plough will address King Co. gun
        violence and safe storage
     -- Nicole Robertson, M.A, Pierce County Safe Kids Coalition:  "The
        Problems and Hidden Warnings of Youth Suicide"
     -- Youth Education Program performance, "The Heat:  Guns on the Street"
     -- Mercer Island Pediatrician Danette Glassy, M.D, Chair of the Attorney
        General's Task Force on Bullying:  "Bullying - Prevention and Solutions
        to a Growing Problem"
     -- Maire Dhu Lemley, Des Moines Pacific Middle School PTSA President,
        "Victory Over Violence"
     -- Youth N Action's Rutia Currey, "My Experience With Bullying"
     -- Seattle Mayor Paul Schell
     -- King County Executive Ron Sims
     -- 13-year-old Whitney Gill of Marysville, friend of Whitney Graves
        "Nothing Has Been Done Since my Friend Died"
     -- First Lady Mona Lee Locke, Honorary Chair
 
 
                                   1:00-3:00
     -- Music from "Sunshine Generation"
     -- Taproot Theatre performs "Remote Control," a 40-minute play for high
        school students about positive choice and self-esteem, dealing with
        issues such as alcohol/drug abuse, guns and eating disorders.
     -- Music by "Raging Grannies"
 
                        Other Sponsors and Participants
                              Washington Ceasefire
                       Seattle/King County Public Health
                              Washington State PTA
            YEP, Youth Education Program students of Seattle Schools
                        King County Community Organizing
                              King County Sheriff
                           Seattle Police Department
                                City of Seattle
                      Physicians for Social Responsibility
                       Institute for Community Leadership
                             Committee for Children
                             League of Women Voters
                            Group Health Cooperative
                            Sammamish High Key Club
                 Children's Hospital & Regional Medical Center
 
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