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Brady Speaker to Address Non-Violence at "Reclaim the Dream" Rally


Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence
President Paul Helmke today announced that Brady Campaign Board Member
Robert Bates, a former legislative assistant to the late Senator Ted
Kennedy, will speak on the organization's behalf at the August 28 Reclaim the Dream Rally, organized by Rev. Al Sharpton of the National Action Network.

are proud to have our staff, supporters, and board members
participating in the Reclaim the Dream rally and march on Saturday,"
said Paul Helmke, president of the Brady Campaign. " We want to add our
voices to those who seek to remember Dr. King's quest for non-violence,
justice, harmony, fuller employment and racial equality. We want to add
our voices and vision to those who want to see a much safer America with
less violence."

Robert Bates is a Mobil Corp. retiree, a native
Washingtonian, and a graduate of Dunbar High School, where the 11 a.m.
rally will take place.

"I have seen the carnage that gun violence
inflicts," said Bates. "I cringe at the daily reports of Americans,
young and old, of all races and varied backgrounds, killing and dying
because of the easy access to guns. The Brady Campaign's vision
parallels Dr. King's vision of an America where all Americans are safe."

at Harvard and UCLA recently announced that U.S. homicide rates are 6.9
times higher than rates in the other high-income countries, driven by
firearm homicide rates that were 19.5 times higher. For 15 to 24-year
olds, firearm homicide rates in the United States were 42.7 times higher
than in the other countries.

"King's non-violent movement
seemed radical 50 years ago. But with courage and integrity he kept
beating the drum," added Bates. "I want to know: Can we resurrect his
vision for non-violence? Can we become as radical today as he was in the
1960s in fighting for more jobs, more educational opportunities, more
harmony, and more safety? I believe we must beat the drum for all of
these issues that will make a better America."

Brady United formerly known as The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence and its legislative and grassroots affiliate, the Brady Campaign and its dedicated network of Million Mom March Chapters, is the nation's largest, non-partisan, grassroots organization leading the fight to prevent gun violence. We are devoted to creating an America free from gun violence, where all Americans are safe at home, at school, at work, and in our communities.