National Action Network Executive Director Says Gov. Andrew Cuomo Has Not Used the Power of His Office To Save New York’s Urban Communities from Gun Violence—
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE…..
NATIONAL ACTION NETWORK EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR SAYS GOV. ANDREW CUOMO HAS NOT USED THE POWER OF HIS OFFICE TO SAVE NEW YORK’S URBAN COMMUNITIES FROM GUN VIOLENCE
New York, NY (September 6, 2011)–In light of the devastating and unprecedented 48 shootings over Labor Day weekend, Tamika D. Mallory, National Executive Director of National Action Network called upon Governor Andrew Cuomo to step up and lead on the issue of gun violence.
“We understand the importance of Governor Cuomo rolling up his sleeves to help communities ravaged by Hurricane Irene get back on their feet, but urban communities are ravaged every day by gun violence and we don’t know what the Governor or his administration are doing to help our communities. He must meet with civil rights, grassroots, and community leaders on this issue now!” Mallory notes that no local, grassroots or community leader she has spoken with has any idea what Cuomo’s plan is to address gun violence, nor has he met with those working directly with the communities that this issue effects.
“We have seen Governor Cuomo use the power of his office to fight against bigotry for same sex marriage where he put his reputation on the line and won. He must have the same integrity on this issue if he is to be a Governor for all people in the state of New York. When my son was two-years-old his father’s life was taken because of gun violence. This issue is personal to me and thousands of people in the State of New York who have lost someone or know someone who has been shot. We call upon Governor Cuomo and his Administration to break their silence and lead the charge for real concrete solutions.”