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Burying our future: Anti-gun violence activists to bring coffins through Manhattan

NAYABA ARINDE Amsterdam News Editor | 11/8/2011, 2:14 p.m.

The Rev. Taharka Robinson was also at the funeral. Reinvigorated by Horton's sacrifice, speaking to the AmNews as snow fell outside the church on Saturday, the reverend said, "I might just go back in the streets."

Asked about Cuomo and Operation SNUG, Robinson said, "I am very much in support of requesting the resources be restored. When you have organizations like CeaseFire, there is a positive impact in the communities that are served by them. If CeaseFire can be effective in helping to solve crimes and help reduce the amount of gun violence, the funding should not only be restored but enhanced."

Sampson turned to Man Up Inc.'s Mitchell and said, "I'm going to be with you in the street, A.T."

By early Tuesday afternoon, Mitchell told the paper, "The governor's office just called us to say that they were looking to give up some extra funds."

Running the New York City Marathon on Sunday, Nov. 6, State Sen. Bill Perkins is out to raise public awareness for his "Drop the Guns: Stop the Violence" campaign.

"Join our race to save our children from violence and drugs," said Perkins. "To reach the finish line, we need the right equipment. Too many effective programs, like Operation SNUG-guns spelled backward-an anti-violence initiative I and my colleagues started in 2009, are being defunded and cut. Maintaining a millionaire's tax on the 1 percent is crucial to making our city safer."

Supporters of Perkins' initiative will chant: "Drop the guns, stop the violence" when Perkins and sponsors from Harlem United, Man Up Inc. and TCI College of Technology sprint through different neighborhoods of New York City.

Perkins urges New Yorkers to contact Cuomo and their state legislators with the message not to end the millionaire's tax and not to eliminate essential programs like SNUG. The senator said he wants people to demand that lawmakers and the governor do their part to support the call to drop the guns and stop the violence, "including," he said, "the terrible violence that happens when tax breaks for the rich are given priority over programs that empower the majority."

Saturday's march organizers told the AmNews to expect caskets to be carried across the world famous Brooklyn Bridge down to City Hall and Wall Street. "We want to signify the seriousness behind our effort," said Mitchell.

This is a citywide effort that has incorporated traditional grassroots organizing with conference calls and meetings with Brooklyn youth.

"We are getting a lot of support on this," said Mitchell. "We want people to understand that we are that serious, that we are tired of the rah-rah. People have heard thousands of times about what the city is going to do-well, now it is time for us to show a united force. We want action.

"We will just show up to make the situation as uncomfortable for the city as we can. We will be wheeling those caskets all over the city untilwe feel our voices are being heard and until the corporations lend support to this issue."

**New York, NY (November 3, 2011)-National Action Network will join with Man Up Inc. (AT Mitchell) and I Love My Life (Erica Ford), and hundreds of activists for a "Ride, March, Rally" event this Saturday, November 5 in an effort to show a mass united front against gun violence in the wake of the Zurana Horton killing in Brownsville, and many other incidents in New York.The "Ride, March, Rally will be highlighted by the presence of caskets to symbolize the increasing gun fatalities in New York and organizers will be joined by gun shot survival victims and families of victims of violence.