Trial of Heeding God's Call members
Rich Gardner | 06.04.2009
12 members go on trial for trying to reduce gun violence in and around Philadelphia.
Over 300 T-shirt with the names of people that were murdered in the area.
By Vernon Clark
Philadelphia Inquirer - 05/27/2009
Twelve activists from the interfaith group Heeding God's Call who were arrested at Colosimo's gun shop in Philadelphia in January were acquitted of all charges in a one-day bench trial in Municipal Court.
Rev. Jim McInire and Rev. David T. embrace after leaving the court. All were aquitted
The vigil outside the square.
Philadelphia Daily News - 05/27/2009
Melissa DeLong wiped a tear from her eye as she told a Philadelphia judge yesterday the story of a 4-year-old boy gunned down in Camden last year after being caught in a crossfire between two men.
T-shirts around the square in front of City Hall.
Rev. Michelle Bartlow of FUMCOG
at the noon support rally.
For years I was troubled by the nightly reports of violence and death on the streets of Philadelphia, and I agonized over the statistics of violence in our city. I wondered what could I, as an individual and as a Christian do in response to the reports I was hearing.
Last year I became part of the group, Heeding God’s Call. As a part of that group, I learned about the Code of Conduct for Responsible Gun Dealers
that had been signed by Wal-Mart. I also learned that historically Colisimo’s Gun Shop had been a major source of illegal guns in this area.
So, on Friday, January 16 a little after 2 pm, I rang the buzzer in Mr. Colisimo’s store. I had a copy of the Code of Conduct in my pocket and my purpose was to offer him another opportunity to sign the code. I rang the buzzer and was refused entry to the store. When it became apparent they were not going to let us in, I and the two others with me sat down in front of the door to the shop.
Gun Violence Prevention page of Heeding God's Call.
Photos 1, 2 & 5 taken by Ray Torres
All others taken by Rich Gardner