Sending Office: Honorable Elizabeth H. Esty
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December 13, 2017

Dear Colleague,

December 14 marks the fifth anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, which took the lives of 20 innocent children and six brave educators.

Many of you have asked what you can do to support the Newtown community and those across the country who are impacted by gun violence. I encourage you to join me in honoring all victims of gun violence by participating in one or more of these opportunities:

Acts of Kindness in Your District: The week of December 11, Members are encouraged to organize and participate in various “Acts of Kindness” in their congressional districts. For example, this week in my district, I will spend a few
hours reading to preschoolers.

Acts of Kindness in Washington, D.C.: On Wednesday, December 13 from 2:00pm-3:30pm in Cannon 340, there will be an opportunity to participate in an Acts of Kindness event right here in D.C. Please join me and the USO in writing messages
of gratitude and support to active service members, veterans, and families across the country. I encourage you and your staff to join me and my staff in participating in the Acts of Kindness to honor those lost to gun violence.

Special Order Hour: On Wednesday, December 13 immediately following the second vote series (at approximately 6:00 pm), I will be co-hosting a Special Order Hour with the Congressional Progressive Caucus for Members to speak on the
floor to honor and remember victims of gun violence in Newtown and across the country. Please let my staff know if you are interested in participating.

Wear Green: Members and staff are encouraged to wear green on
Thursday, December 14 to show support for gun violence prevention. Green ribbons have been distributed to each Congressional office. Additional ribbons are available in my office, 221 Cannon. The Sandy Hook school’s colors are green and white.

Social Media: There are several opportunities to show your support through social media. Opportunities include:

  • Participating in a Tweet storm during the afternoon of Thursday, December 14, led by @RepEsty using #HonorWithAction, #EndGunViolence, and #OutShoutTheGunLobby. Graphics and sample tweets will be circulated shortly.
  • Posting a photo to Facebook of you and/or staff wearing green in remembrance of the 26 children and educators killed at Sandy Hook School. Use #HonorWithAction, #EndGunViolence, and #OutShoutTheGunLobby.
  • For more information about social media opportunities, please contact my communications director, Phil LaRue, at

If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact Danielle Most in my office at or at x5-4476.

As always, I appreciate all that you do to help keep our communities safe.


Elizabeth H. Esty

Member of Congress

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