Concert Across America to End Gun Violence to be held in Cedar Rapids, Iowa City

Concert Across America to End Gun Violence

CSPS Hall — Sunday, Sept. 25 at 5:30 p.m.

Concert Across America to End Gun Violence

Trinity Episcopal Church — Sunday, Sept. 25 at 6:30 p.m.

The Concert Across America to End Gun Violence connects participating communities via social media.
The Concert Across America to End Gun Violence connects participating communities via social media.

Across the U.S. on the same evening, numerous concerts will be occurring, in 43 states, the Virgin Islands and Washington, D.C. — including six across Iowa — all under the same banner: The Concert Across America to End Gun Violence.

The Cedar Rapids event at CSPS Hall will feature community leaders and speakers, as well as area performers. State Representative Art Staed will be the keynote speaker, and music includes Justin Chastain, Loralee Songer and Lack of Zen. Other speakers include Carlos Grant, interim Washington High School principal, and Hassan Selim, Vice President of the Inter Religious Council of Linn County and Imam at the Cedar Rapids Mosque. Tickets are $12 ($15 at the door).

The speakers represent clear impact areas that have a voice in the gun violence conversation: over the course of the evening (which runs 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.), the Speakers on Education and on Religious Communities are joined by a Speaker on Public Health, a Speaker on Community Groups and more. The message is clear: It is necessary to come together across the full spectrum of our communities to address the issue of gun violence.

There will be an Iowa City event as well, at Trinity Episcopal Church (320 E. College St.) at 6:30 p.m. That event, which is free, will feature the Family Folk Machine and members of the Iowa chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.

The Concert Across America to End Gun Violence has some big names connected at some locations (the New York City event features Jackson Browne and Eddie Vedder), but the activist speakers are equal stars of all of these programs, discussing ways to better address this issue in our communities. Concerts nationwide will be connected via social media. Use the hashtags #ConcertAcrossAmerica and #EndGunViolence to discuss and follow the events of the evening.

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