Moms Demand Action Launches “Mother’s Dream Quilt Project” To Address The National Epidemic Of Gun Violence

INDIANAPOLIS, Mar. 4, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Moms Demand Action for
Gun Sense in America announced today that mothers across the country are coming
together to create quilts that symbolize the human toll of gun violence in
America. The “Mother’s Dream Quilt Project” takes its name from a uniform
quilting pattern that will be used in all of the quilts made by Moms Demand
Action members and supporters.

The “Mother’s Dream Quilt Project” will be a collection of quilts created from
fabric submissions from around the country. Each quilt will contain at least one
block composed of meaningful fabric from a victim or survivor of gun violence
such as a piece of clothing or a beloved blanket. This “survivor block” will be
surrounded by submissions from supporters expressing their collective sadness
over too many lives ended by gunfire.

“Gun violence has become a sad part of the very fabric of America. These quilts
will honor victims of gun violence and show how American mothers are resolved to
fight for solutions to end our national gun violence epidemic,” said Jennifer
Hoppe, Program Director for Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. “Our
quilts will represent both the toll that gun violence has taken in all of our
communities, and the commitment of mothers to join together, support each other,
and work to protect our children. Our collective Mother’s Dream is a safer
America.”

Moms Demand Action chapters throughout the country are sponsoring “Community
Quilting Bees” where attendees will create blocks to add to a Mother’s Dream
quilt. Each block representing a victim or survivor will be accompanied by
information about that individual and each supporter block will be accompanied
by a statement of the quilter’s “dream” for American children.

The next event will be held in New York City on Sunday, March 2, at 7 p.m. at
Congregation Beth Elohim, 274 Garfield Place in Brooklyn, New York.

“I am happy to be part of something that is bigger than all of us, and I am glad
my son’s name will live on,” said Natasha Christopher, whose son Akeal died from
a gunshot on his 15th birthday in 2012.

Christopher joined moms in New York City earlier this month to quilt her block
using fabric from her son’s favorite shirt.

“I felt nothing but love at the Community Quilting Bee,” said Christopher. “It
was the first time in a long time I felt happy. Mothers need to stand together
and fight for tougher gun laws, and never give up. We all have to protect our
kids.”

To find out more about the Mother’s Dream Quilt project, including individual
submission guidelines and information about upcoming Community Quilting Bees,
visit www.momsdemandaction.com/mothers-dream-quilt-project

About Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America

Much like Mothers Against Drunk Driving was created to change laws regarding
drunk driving, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America was created to build
support for common-sense gun reforms. The nonpartisan grassroots movement of
American mothers is demanding new and stronger solutions to lax gun laws and
loopholes that jeopardize the safety of our children and families. In just one
year, the organization has more than 140,000 members with a chapter in every
state in the country. The group recently joined forces with Mayors Against
Illegal Guns, the largest gun violence prevention organization in the country.
For more information or to get involved visit www.momsdemandaction.org. Follow
us on Facebook www.facebook.com/MomsDemandAction or on Twitter @MomsDemand

SOURCE Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America

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