Victim’s brother to speak at Moms Demand Action
GREENWICH — The meeting will be a somber one as the Greenwich and Stamford chapters of Moms Demand Action hold a joint session to kick off a new year of activism.
“It’s to honor victims of gun violence, and turn it into a call for action,” said spokeswoman Cathy Hess.
Wilner Joseph, of Stamford, whose brother was killed by a gunshot, will be the guest speaker at the meeting to be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at Union Memorial Church, 58 Church St., Stamford.
In March 2018, the Moms Demand Action group, which advocates gun reform legislation and safety, formed in Stamford. A Greenwich chapter started a few weeks later, and the two chapters have been networking regularly, said Hess.
“There are a lot of affinities between the groups in Stamford and Greenwich, so we thought it would make sense to meet up together” for a joint meeting, said Hess. Stamford and Greenwich share a number of elected state officials, as well.
The anti-violence advocacy group, with chapters across the country, is putting the spotlight on victims of gun violence this month.
Joseph, a coach and educator, whose brother, Max Antoine, was shot to death in Bridgeport in 2017, will share his story at the upcoming meeting.
The United States has a gun-related murder rate that is 25 times higher than other developed countries, according to a study by the Journal of American Medicine, and that point will be made at meetings around the country this week, said Hess. The group says more gun deaths in the U.S are recorded around Feb. 1 than other “peer nations” experience during the entire calendar year.
Moms Demand Action has been working on lobbying initiatives for what it calls common-sense regulations in state capitals around the country, and it also pushes education around gun safety. The nonpartisan group is also involved in social services for people impacted by gun violence.
The organization began after the Sandy Hook School shootings in 2012 that left 20 first-graders and six educators dead. The day after the rampage, a mother from Indiana started what would eventually become Moms Demand Action.