Greater Washington, DC
The Greater Washington chapter of HGC celebrated our one-year anniversary on June 11, 2012, for our public actions at Realco Guns in District Heights, MD. During that time members and supporters of HGCGW have demonstrated in front of Realco nearly every Monday for an hour. Below is information on our on-going effort at Realco:
Based on information obtained from the October 24, 2010, article by David S. Fallis in the Washington Post, HGC Greater Washington decided to focus our efforts on Realco Guns in District Heights, MD, for public actions in an effort to convince the gun shop owner to sign the 10-Point Code for responsible gun dealers based on the one signed with Walmart by Mayors against Illegal Guns. According to the Post, Realco Guns in District Heights sold 86 guns linked to homicides within the last twenty years with 300 guns sold there being linked to non-fatal shootings, as of 2010. In that article Major Andy Ellis of the Prince George’s (MD) Police Department is quoted as saying, “I can only imagine how much lower our violent-crime rate would be if Realco sold shoes instead of guns.”
Since June 2011, many of us have shown our support for that goal by weekly participating in a public action in front of Realco Guns. To date, the gun shop owner has resisted our requests to adopt the Code, but we will persist. For those anxious to join us to lend their support, below
is the schedule for the regular public action at Realco Guns. For more information open this link to a video made during the first of the public actions. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eIOHltHHHGo
On February 11, 2012, HGC of Greater Washington hosted a program of peace, It Doesn't Have to be This Way, at Lanham United Methodist Church. Special thanks to Ishmail Reaves and Tony Delity for taking pictures and recording video--and thanks, of course, to all who participated in any way. Photos of the event are available on the Heeding God's Call Facebook page: http://on.fb.me/ICsW5G
Public Action – Please join us!
6108 Marlboro Pike
District Heights, MD 20747
Through October, 2012 – 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
(No action on Sept. 3 or Oct. 8)
November 4, 2012 – March 10, 2013
4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
(No action on December 26)
After March 10, 2013, we return to 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
In case of inclement weather, we will follow the schedule for the Prince George’s County Public Schools (MD). Sign up to be alerted about the school system status on Schools out.com.
Heeding God’s Call of Greater Washington is currently accepting donations to support our increased communications with our community and our public actions. If you would like to donate, please make out the checks to Washington Council of Churches with the notation of Heeding God's Call in the memo section of the check and send your check to Heeding God's Call of Greater Washington, PO Box 130, West Bowie, MD 20719. All gifts made through the Council of Churches for Heeding God’s Call are tax deductible.
Heeding God’s Call of Greater Washington may be contacted by email at email@example.com or through the mail at
Heeding God's Call of Greater Washington
PO Box 130
West Bowie, MD