We are excited to announce our 2015 partnership with the Travelers PGA Golf Championship “Birdies for Charity” program, a unique fundraising program to get excited about!

Birdies for Charity is a pledge-based fundraising program based on the number of birdies made by professional golfers playing in the tournament which runs from June 22-28 at the TPC River Highlands golf club. For example, a $0.02 pledge would equal a $36.00 if 1,800 birdies are made. You can make a flat rate donation of at least $10.00 too! The Travelers Championship will donate 100% of the proceeds from your donation to Connecticut Against Gun Violence Education Fund.

Your donation can help us receive extra funds too! Each organization that raises money through the Birdies for Charity program will receive a 15% bonus on top of the pledges collected.

As a donor, you could also win great prizes!  Donors have one chance to guess the number of Birdies made during the Travelers Championship. Prizes include a $1,500 cash gift card, a World Golf Hall of Fame Vacation package, and other great prizes.

In our continued effort to reduce gun violence we hope you will join us as we raise funds through the Birdies for Charity program. For 2015, our goal is to raise $5,000. Please help our mission by donating through the Birdies for Charity program today.

Simply visit our pledge website.

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On Tuesday, June 2nd, we have one simple request: Wear orange. June 2nd will be the first National Gun Violence Awareness Day, and wearing orange will demonstrate that you pledge to:

  • honor the lives of Americans lost to gun violence
  • do all we can to keep firearms out of the wrong hands
  • commit to responsible gun ownership
  • and keep children safe from gun violence

Wear Orange and National Gun Violence Prevention Day was inspired by a group of Chicago teens who asked their classmates to commemorate the life of a slain friend by wearing orange.They chose the color because hunters wear orange to announce themselves to other hunters when out in the woods. Their friend — Hadiya Pendleton, a 15 year old high school student — marched in President Obama’s 2nd inaugural parade and was tragically shot and killed back in Chicago just a week later.This June 2nd would have been Hadiya’s 18th birthday.

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT),  Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT), Sen. Al Franken (D-MN), Rep. Bob Dold (R-IL), Rep. Mike Thompson  (D-CA),  Rep. Elizabeth Esty (D-CT), and Rep. Jim Himes (D-CT)  are among the first members of Congress to join the campaign.

Join them by visiting wearorange.org and using the site’s pledge tool to change your social media profile picture or share why you will be #WearingOrange on the first National Gun Violence Awareness Day.

The Judiciary Committee has scheduled a Public Hearing for this Wednesday, March 11, at 10:30 am at the Legislative Office Building (LOB) at 300 Capitol Avenue, Hartford.

Two Domestic Violence Bills (SB650, An Act Concerning Temporary Restraining Orders and HB 6848, An Act Protecting Victims of Domestic Violence) are on the agenda as well as our Safe Storage bill (HB6962, An Act Concerning Firearm Safety).

We are strongly in favor of these bills; they are at the top of CAGV’s legislative priorities.

It is critically important that we get as many people as possible to demonstrate the strength of our movement. Even if you don’t want to testify, or can only stay for a couple of hours, your presence will be noticed by legislators and the media.

Gun rights extremists in CT, supported by the NRA, have been very effective at making their presence felt in legislative hearings. We know this impacts legislators who often feel intimidated by their forceful opposition to any gun safety law. If we want lawmakers to take courageous stands, we must make our voices heard. Appearing and testifying at public hearings is a visible and effective tactic. The media takes notice.

Please sign up here if you can (or may be able to) join us in Hartford for the hearing on Wednesday. If you want to testify at the hearing, sign up begins at 8:30 am on Wednesday.Click here for information on what to expect at a Public Hearing.

If you would like to submit testimony online, please email your testimony in Word or PDF format to JUDtestimony@cga.ct.gov.