CSGV TO DELIVER 5,000 PETITION SIGNATURES TO VISA DEMANDING THEY END AFFILIATE CARD RELATIONSHIP WITH NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 18, 2014
MEDIA CONTACT:
Ladd Everitt, (202) 701-7171,  leveritt@csgv.org  
CSGV TO DELIVER 5,000 PETITION SIGNATURES TO VISA DEMANDING THEY END AFFILIATE CARD RELATIONSHIP WITH NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION
Washington, DC—On Thursday, Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV) staff and gun violence prevention activists in the District of Columbia will deliver 5,000 petition signatures to Visa’s D.C. offices calling on them to end their affiliate card program with the National Rifle Association (NRA).

Purchases made with the NRA Visa Card help fund “legislative action in support of…Second Amendment rights.” In practice, that means that Visa is helping to pay for NRA lobbyists who advocate against common-sense policies like background checks on gun buyers, and for dangerous legislation like “Stand Your Ground” laws.

The delegation delivering the petition will be led by survivors of gun violence. They will remind Visa that NRA leaders are politically extreme zealots who should be toxic to any company concerned about its public image. Visa’s brand and money are supporting an organization whose board members threaten violence against our elected officials, engage in racist rants about “the Black Problem,” compare homosexuality to polygamy and incest, and declare, “If a guy can’t rape his wife…who’s he gonna rape?”

Details about the event are as follows:

WHAT: Petition delivery to Visa demanding they end their affiliate card relationship with the National Rifle Association.

WHO:  CSGV staff, including organizer Lori Haas, whose daughter was shot and injured during the Virginia Tech massacre; Project End Gun Violence (PEG) activists, including Chair Eddie Weingart, who this week is observing the 33rd anniversary of the loss of his mother in a gun-related homicide; and other concerned citizens.

WHEN: Thursday, February 20th, at 1:00PM.

WHERE: We will meet outside Visa’s offices at 1300 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036, where remarks will be given and  the petition signatures delivered.

WHY:  The petition from the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence reads as follows:

A Fortune 500 company should not be helping to promote and pay for an extreme, pro-gun agenda that is causing untold suffering in neighborhoods across America. Stop funding the NRA with your affiliate card program.


The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence seeks to secure freedom from gun violence through research, strategic engagement and effective policy advocacy.

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