Today, Rep. Adriano Espaillat released a schedule of public events in the district where he will share legislative and community updates of his efforts in Congress to address the gun violence epidemic.
Including discussing his upcoming vote in support of the House gun violence prevention bill package expected next week upon his return to Washington.
“Today more people are carrying guns in America, legally and illegally, than ever, and mass shootings are a common occurrence,” said Rep. Espaillat. “There are nearly 400 million firearms circulating in America—more guns than people—and gun violence is responsible for more than 32,000 deaths every year. In the last two weeks, 31 people have been murdered and another 20 injured at the hands of two 18-year-olds legally armed with semiautomatic assault rifles. This is simply unacceptable and at no point in the history of our nation, should we normalize such preventable tragedy.
“These latest attacks primarily targeted the most vulnerable of our communities – the young and the elderly. I look forward to my upcoming vote on H.R. 7910, the Protecting Our Kids Act, next week and will hold events in my district to continue to bring urgency to the issue of gun violence that has impacted far too many families and taken far too many lives here at home and in communities around the nation.”
Espaillat Gun Violence District Events:
Wednesday, June 1st, 2022
Rep. Espaillat hosted an emergency virtual meeting with PTA presidents and concerned parents from the schools in his district to discuss ongoing efforts to curb youth violence and discuss gun prevention and mental health programs.
Thursday, June 2nd, 2022
Rep. Espaillat joined Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg to announce a new initiative to support community-based organizations working to address gun violence prevention among New York City youth.
Friday, June 3rd, 2022 (Gun Violence Awareness Day)
7:45 AM – 8:20 AM — Rep. Espaillat will meet with the principal and parents of students at PS 54 located at 27030 Webster Avenue in the Bronx to discuss ongoing youth gun prevention programs.
3 PM — Rep. Espaillat, in collaboration with New York City Council Member Shaun Abreu, will hold a speak out event at 3:00 p.m. at PS 138 (153rd and Amsterdam) and walk to Brotherhood Sister Sol located at 512 West 143rd Street (143rd and Amsterdam Avenue).
4 PM — Rep. Espaillat, in collaboration with New York City Council Member Shaun Abreu, will hold a joint press conference at 4:00 p.m. EDT at Brotherhood Sister Sol located at 512 West 143rd Street (Amsterdam Avenue), to honor the victims and survivors of gun violence and urge immediate policy action at the city, state and federal levels to address the gun violence epidemic in New York City.
5 PM — Rep. Espaillat will attend the National Gun Violence Day of Awareness Community event in East Harlem, in collaboration with Stand Against Violence East Harlem (SAVE)/ Getting Out and Staying Out (GOSO) at 1652 Park Avenue (between Park and Madison Avenues).
6 PM — Rep. Espaillat will attend a National Gun Violence Day of Awareness Vigil, in collaboration with New York State Senator Robert Jackson and Uptown Gun Violence Prevention Task Force at the Inwood Hill Park Lawn (enter by 218th Street entrance).
Saturday, June 25th, 2022
10 AM- 4PM — Rep. Espaillat, in collaboration with Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, will host a gun buy back program at the Soul Saving Station located at 302 W 124th Street, New York, NY 1002.
Representative Espaillat is the first Dominican American to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives and his congressional district includes Harlem, East Harlem, West Harlem, Hamilton Heights, Washington Heights, Inwood, Marble Hill and the north-west Bronx.
First elected to Congress in 2016, Representative Espaillat is serving his third term in Congress. Representative Espaillat currently serves as a member of the influential U.S. House Committee on Appropriations responsible for funding the federal government’s vital activities.
He is also a member of the House Committee on Education and Labor and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), where he serves in a leadership role as the Second Vice Chair and is a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, where he serves as Deputy Whip.
Representative Espaillat also currently serves as a Senior Whip of the Democratic Caucus. To find out more about Rep. Espaillat, visit online at https://espaillat.house.gov/.