The Concert Across America to #EndGunViolence/Berkshires is part of nationwide memorial events in more than two hundred venues across America on Sunday, September 25, 2016. This date was designated by Congress in 2007 as a day of remembrance for gun violence victims. Organizers and musicians will sing out in memorial and draw attention to the nation’s epidemic of gun violence, prior to the first Presidential debate, final voter registration days, and the 2016 elections. To date there are more than 20 concerts in Massachusetts alone.
The Berkshire component will take place from 2-5pm on September 25, 2016 at the Society of the Congregational Church at 251 Main St, Great Barrington, MA.
All Performances are contributed by local Massachusetts musical artists, and in the Berkshires they include such luminaries as Maureen O’Flynn, Bobby Sweet, David Reed, Terry a la Berry, Teresa Mango, David Grover, the Beeline Ramblers and the Matchstick Architects. Another surprise artist will also appear. Some of the artists have written songs after mass shootings.
“We are lucky to live in a state that is a national leader on gun violence prevention,” said John Rosenthal, founder of Stop Handgun Violence. “However, in the midst of America’s epidemic of gun violence that results in 90 deaths, over 200 injuries and a mass shooting every day, we all must do our part. We are excited to include the Berkshires as part of our nationwide effort to end gun violence.”
“As a gun violence survivor, I have been a gun safety activist for 43 years, since I lost half of my family of origin,” said Elise Richman, a co-founder of the Million Mom March/2000 and a resident of Southfield. “I’m honored to be producing a local concert for this cause. I’m not anti-gun, having grown up hunting with my Dad from the age of ten. I am anti-gun violence and believe there need to be more stringent background checks and safety measures, by law. The man who killed my Dad in Missouri in 1973 was a member of the NRA, a school teacher and lawful owner of a 12-guage shotgun, plus a jealous ex-husband whose gun should have been taken away from him because of his actions during divorce proceedings. The saddest irony is that he was out of prison in eight years and is buried in the same military cemetery as my Dad.”
The Berkshires concert will take place from 2 – 5 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for youth under 18. Tickets may be purchased online by going to ConcertAcrossAmerica.org and clicking on “Berkshires” under the Massachusetts concert listings and will be sold at the door as available.
T-shirts are available for $24.00 on Booster.com. All proceeds will go to Stop HandgunViolence/Boston, a 501 (c)(3) that works with law enforcement to educate, advocate and end gun violence.
About #Concert Across America
This nationwide event will bring together a network of organizations, activists and artists with the dual goals of keeping guns out of dangerous hands and making the issue of gun violence top-of-mind for voters as they go to the polls in November 2016. For more information visit www.RememberSept25.org.
Stop Handgun Violence (SHV) is a Massachusetts-based nonprofit organization committed to the prevention of gun violence through education, public awareness, effective law enforcement and common sense gun laws. SHV has been the lead advocate in Massachusetts for enactment of some of the most effective gun violence prevention laws and of first-in-the-nation consumer protection regulations – legislation that has succeeded in reducing gun-related deaths in Massachusetts by 60 percent since 1994. The organization does not seek to restrict Constitutional rights, but advocates only for common sense legislation that will help save lives. For more information, go to www.stophandgunviolence.org