Hadiya Pendleton’s Mother at Press Conference on Valentine’s Day

February 12, 2013
For More Information Contact:
Patti Hassler
Vice President of Communications and Outreach
202-662-3554 office


Children’s Defense Fund and One Million Moms for Gun Control



On Thursday, February 14, from 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m., the Children’s Defense Fund and One Million Moms for Gun Control will hold a “Have A Heart – Protect Children, Not Guns” press conference two months to the day following the tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. The child advocacy organization has partnered with the grassroots movement to call on all members of Congress to fast track common sense gun safety laws to protect children instead of guns as the gun violence epidemic in America takes the life of a child every three hours and fifteen minutes. Volunteers from One Million Moms for Gun Control and the Children’s Defense Fund will leave immediately following the press conference to deliver homemade valentines from moms and broken-hearted teddy bears with the message to protect children, not guns to members of Congress.



Cleopatra Cowley, mother of Hadiya Pendleton, 15-year-old gun victim in Chicago;

Rep. Mike Thompson, (D-CA) Vietnam veteran, gun owner, chair of gun violence taskforce;

Rep. Elizabeth Esty, (D-CT) represents Newtown and member of gun violence taskforce;

Shannon Watts, founder, One Million Moms for Gun Control;

Patti Hassler, VP Communications, Children’s Defense Fund, sister of Pamela Jean Hassler Groff, victim of domestic gun violence in Quarryville, PA.



Thursday, February 14

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. – Press registration.

8:30 – 9:30 a.m. – Press conference.

9:30 – 11:00a.m. – Moms deliver homemade hearts and teddy bears to Congress.



Children’s Defense Fund

25 E Street NW

Washington, DC 20001