Members in 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, NV04. The delegation representing members of Clark County Black Caucus attempted to meet with Nevada District 4 Representative or his staff unsuccessfully and was 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 activist and first African American and first female presidential candidate Shirley Chisholm 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 Summer Recess Campaign across the Nation.
FYI, as of the writing of this article, we’re still awaiting a call from the Congressman’s staff about that meeting, and YES, we 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 Chair/Founder of the Clark County Black Caucus, a non-partisan community organization driven 100% by volunteer members registered to vote. Contact her at ClarkCountyBlackCaucus@gmail.com for more information.