Make the Sandy Hook Promise

It’s been a little over a month since the tragedy at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, and the ramifications of it still reach far beyond the borders of the small town. Despite which side of the resulting debate over gun control you’re on, despite whether or not you believe the ridiculous conspiracy theories being bandied about by a small minority, despite whether or not you knew the victims or their families personally or were just a helpless spectator to the events of 12/14/12, I think we can all agree that it’s time to change the way we think, and act, and engage with our fellow man. Ann Curry of NBC News took one step when she asked people to join with her in performing 26 Acts of Kindness in honor of each life lost at Sandy Hook. And now one group has taken this outlook a step further and turned it into a promise.

Join us in making the Sandy Hook Promise...

Sandy Hook Promise, a local grassroots organization, was recently formed by Newtown residents to try to focus more attention on making positive change, to opening a dialogue about gun violence and mental health, and to ensure that the horrors of Sandy Hook don’t happen again. The Mission page of their web site states in a most poignant way what their goal is:

The Sandy Hook Promise

Our hearts are broken;
Our spirit is not.

And it is with this knowledge
that we are able to move forward
with purpose…and strength…

This is a Promise

To support our own
our families, our neighbors, our teachers, our community
with dedication and love
as well as the material and financial needs they will require
in the days ahead.

This is a Promise

To truly honor the lives lost
by turning our tragedy into a moment of transformation.

This is a Promise

To be open to all possibilities.
There is no agenda other than to make
our community and our nation a safer, better place.

This is a Promise

To have the conversations on ALL the issues
Conversations where listening is as important as speaking.
Conversations where even those with the most opposing views
can debate in good will.

This is a Promise

To turn the conversation into actions.
Things must change.
This is the time.

This is a Promise

We make to our precious children.
Because each child, every human life is filled with promise,
and though we continue to be filled with unbearable pain
we choose love, belief, and hope
instead of anger.

This is a Promise

To do everything in our power to be remembered
not as the town filled with grief and victims;
but as the place where
real change began.

Our hearts are broken;
Our spirit is not.

This is our promise.

Over 100,000 people have made the promise, including celebrities like Justin Bieber and Kim Kardashian. I’m asking you today, as a personal favor, to make the promise with me. Please go to the Sandy Hook Promise web site and join the movement towards making a positive change in America.

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  1. Beth Huntington

    re: “Over 100,000 people have made the promise, including celebrities like Justin Bieber and Kim Kardashian.”

    Of course I’ll make this promise.
    I am wondering if we are supposed to be favourably impressed that Kim Kardashian has signed.

    I find this somewhat disconcerting- are we supposed to WANT to emulate Kim Kardashian?

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    Harriman Real Estate

    No, not impressed, and not saying anyone should emulate Kim Kardashian or any other pseudo-celebrity. But they are in the spotlight, and for better or worse, there are people who are influenced by them and follow what they do. If that gets more people exposed to the tragedy in Newtown and more people sign up to make the promise, then that’s all that matters. It’s not the messenger that counts, it’s the message.

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