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VETTE’S VEGAS VOICE: Brady Campaign Kicks Off Summer Recess in Nevada

September 6, 2016 by  
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Yvette Williams

BY YVETTE WILLIAMS

The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence are affiliated American nonprofit organizations that advocate for gun control and against gun violence. Together, they are commonly referred to as the Brady Campaign. They are named after James “Jim” Brady, who was permanently disabled as a result of the Ronald Reagan assassination attempt of 1981, and Sarah Brady, who was a leader within the organization from 1989 until 2012.

Members of both major political parties who are on the wrong side the gun violence prevention issue are among the Brady Campaign’s targets, as the organization kicks off a national summer accountability campaign — first in Nevada, targeting Congressman Crescent Hardy of Nevada’s 4th District. A delegation representing members of the Clark County Black Caucus made an unsuccessful attempt to meet with the representative or his staff, and were refused access by security guards. You can view a video clip at www.CCBlackCaucus.com and learn more about expanding background checks for gun owners at www.BradyCampaign.org.

Dan Gross, President of the Brady Campaign, said, “While these members of Congress are soaking up the sun during a particularly long recess, Americans continue to die from gun violence every day. It’s time to hold politicians accountable. So we’re naming names and taking our campaign to their doorstep.”

I have long been inspired by Shirley Chisholm, the first African-American woman to run for president of the United States, who said, “If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring your folding chair.” So we did just that. We were excited to hear of the Brady Campaign’s excitement about our new “Seat at the Table” campaign, and the opportunity to use it to kick off their national Summer Recess Campaign.

As of the writing of this article, we’re still awaiting a call from the congressman’s staff about that meeting. And yes, we’ll definitely have our folding chairs ready whenever he’s ready to give us a seat at the table.

Yvette Williams is a community advocate and founder of the Clark County Black Caucus. Read her blog at www.YvetteBWilliams.com, follow her on Twitter @YvetteBWilliams, and send email to ClarkCountyBlackCaucus@gmail.com.

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