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From Suburbs To Inner Cities, 2nd Annual Sandy Hook Ride On Washington

Set To Show Unity For Sensible Gun Violence Prevention

For more information on the rally, the riders and the four-day Sandy Hook Ride on Washington, please call Josh Zecher at 202-463-0045, email him at josh.zecher@463.com or check the ride's web site: sandyhookrideonwashington.com.

NEWTOWN, Conn., March 4, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Gun violence

touches all ethnicities and socio-economic groups and the push for

more sensible gun safety legislation has helped to unify communities

that would appear to have little in common. On March 8that 8:00 am

ET, Team 26, a group of cyclists, will embark on a 400 mile journey -

the 2nd Annual Sandy Hook Ride on Washington (SHROW) -- from Newtown,

CT to show how diverse communities across the nation have one common

goal: make our streets safer and put an end to the gun-violence

epidemic.

The four-day "rolling rally" will include events in Ridgefield, Ct,

Greenwich, Ct., Harlem, NY, Doylestown, Pa., Baltimore, Md., College

Park, Md., the Washington National Cathedral, Washington, DC and end

at the steps of the U.S. Capitol Building. A full ride itinerary can

be found below.

Four Newtown, Ct. residents -- Monte Frank, Bill Muzzio, Chris Peck,

and Armand Daccache - are members of the team that includes a former

Junior World Championships National Team member, US National Team

member, Canadian National Team member, Maccabiah World Games Silver

Medalist, State and Regional Champions and Omar Samaha, whose sister

Reema was killed in the Virginia Tech shootings

Specifically, the riders support common sense measures to help curb

gun violence:

-- Requiring all gun buyers pass criminal background checks.

-- Instituting a ban of military-style assault weapons and

high-capacity magazines.

-- Making gun trafficking a federal crime, including real penalties

for "straw buyers"

-- Strengthening gun ownership restrictions for people with severe

mental illness.

"Last year, our 400-mile journey quickly showed us that Americans in

small towns and big towns, rural and urban, all have been impacted by

gun violence and want change to occur," said SHROW Team Leader Monte

Frank. "The tragedy at Sandy Hook spurred us to action but we ride

for all victims of gun violence. We ride to remember them, and to push

for stronger gun violence prevention laws to reduce the epidemic of

gun violence that plagues our nation whether it is in a one-stoplight

town or our nation's most populous city."

2nd Annual Sandy Hook Ride on Washington Itinerary

March 8

-- 8 am - Newtown Send-Off Rally Location: Edmond Town Hall (45 Main

Street, Newtown, CT) Details: Speakers include U.S. Senator Richard

Blumenthal (D-CT), U.S. Representative Elizabeth Esty (CT-5), Pastor

Matthew Crebbin, Pastor Sam Saylor, a Hartford clergy member who lost

his son to gun violence, TEAM 26 founder Monte Frank, Junior Newtown

Action Alliance's Sarah Clements, and Sandy Hook Promise'sMark Barden.

There will also be a special Ben's Bells presentation. U.S.

Representative Jim Himes (CT-4) will be riding with the team from

Newtown to Greenwich.

-- 10:30 am - Ridgefield, Ct. Rally Location: Ridgefield Community

Center at the Lounsbury House (316 Main Street, Ridgefield,

Connecticut) Details: U.S. Representative Jim Himes (CT-4) will host.

Speakers include First Selectman Rudy Marconi and Monte Frank.

-- 12:30 pm - Greenwich, Ct. Rally Location: Greenwich Town Hall (101

Field Point Road, Greenwich, Connecticut) Details: Jonathan Perloe,

Greenwich Council Against Gun Violence will host. Speakers include

Representative Jim Himes, Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen,

Greenwich First Selectman Peter Tesei, Greenwich Selectman Drew

Marzullo, Greenwich Selectman David Theis, Monte Frank of Team 26,

Dawn Spearman, founder, You are Not Alone, Bridgeport, CT, Reverend

Maxwell Grant, Senior Minister, Second Congregational Church,

Greenwich, Ron Pinciaro, Executive Director, Connecticut Against Gun

Violence, Rabbi Andrew R. Sklarz, MSW, Greenwich Reform Synagogue.

-- 3:30 pm - Harlem, NY Rally Location: National Action Network

Headquarters (106 W. 145th St., Harlem, New York) Details: Yvette

Heyliger, GVP Lead, Organizing for America (OFA) Harlem/Northern

Manhattan Chapter will host. Speakers include Manhattan Borough

President Gale Brewer, Manhattan City Council Member Ben Kallos,

Manhattan City Council Member Yandis Rodriguez, Monte Frank of Team

26, Jackie Rowe Adams of Harlem Mothers SAVE, Reverend Vernon Williams

of Perfect Peace Ministries Youth Outreach, Sarah Clements of Jr.

Newtown Action Alliance, Erik Cliette of Harlem Hospital's "Guns

Down/Life's Up", Beloved Hammond of NYC Mission Society's Harlem SNUG,

Leah Gunn Barrett of New Yorkers Against Gun Violence and other

community leaders, political leaders and musical performers.

March 9

-- 11 am - Morristown, NJ Rally Location: Town Hall (200 South Street,

Morristown, New Jersey) Details: Maura Sherlach, daughter of Mary

Sherlach (school psychologist killed at Sandy Hook School), U.S.

Representative Rush Holt, Morristown Mayor Timothy P. Dougherty, Essex

County Freeholder Brendan Gill

-- 4 pm - Doylestown, Pa. RallyLocation: Central Bucks High School

West (Bucks County School District) (375 W Court St., Doylestown,

Pennsylvania) Details: Mayor Ron Strouse; Monte Frank, Leader of Team

26; Shira Goodman, Executive Director of CeaseFirePA; and Christine

Licata, PA Chapter Leader of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in

America

March 10

-- 4:30 pm - Baltimore, Md. Press Conference Location: City Hall (100

N Holliday St, Baltimore, Maryland) Details: Mayor Stephanie Rawlings

Blake will host.

March 11

-- 11:45 am - Washington National Cathedral Location: 3101 Wisconsin

Ave NW, Washington, DC 20016 Details: Team 26 will view an art

exhibit titled "Meditation on Mourning" sponsored by the Newtown

Foundation.

-- 1 pm - Connecticut Congressional Delegation Press Conference

Location: West Front Lawn of the U.S. Capitol Details: Press

conference with Senator Blumenthal, U.S. Senator Christopher Murphy

(D-CT), Rep. Esty, Rep. Himes, U.S. Representative Rosa DeLauro

(CT-3), U.S. Representative John Larson (CT-1), U.S. Representative

Joe Courtney (CT-2), U.S. Representative Alan Lowenthal (CA-47), other

members of Congress and the dean of the Washington National Cathedral.

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