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Metro IAF in the News: August 7, 2018

Determined Leaders & Investor Allies Drive Gun Safety Campaign to New Breakthroughs
All Photos Credited to David Choy

Organized Citizens
+ Organized Public-Sector Gun Purchasers
+ Organized Investors
+ Common-Sense Safety Proposals

= Life-Saving Changes in the Gun Industry

This Metro IAF formula has driven our Do Not Stand Idly By campaign since we began in 2013. It's the formula that's led to the recent major breakthrough with Sturm Ruger shareholders requiring its management to answer questions on gun safety.

But until this year, most of our work focused on the first part of the equation:  building a bloc of law enforcement and government leaders willing to join citizens to push gun manufacturers to improve their products and practices. Now, through persistent work across our network, we’ve recruited powerful investors to join us -- and gun companies are feeling the pressure.  (See p. 20 of American Outdoor Brands’ annual report to shareholders.)
January 2018: DNSIB leaders convene at the US Conference of Mayors meeting in Washington for a day of action. Rabbi Joel Mosbacher addresses mayors, highlighting the leadership of our DNSIB allies and challenging others to use their purchasing power strategically for the change they say they want. Teams fan out across DC to engage policy makers, regulators, and the region's worst gun dealer. The CT Post endorses our push on smart guns.
Read the CT Post's Coverage of the Action
February 2018: DNSIB's message to gun industry investors -- engage, don't divest -- begins to gain traction in the wake of the Parkland murders. DNSIB leaders draft our Mosbacher-Bennett Principles to guide investor engagement with gun manufacturers and retailers. The gun industry's leading lobby group attacks DNSIB in the CT Post, and CONECT/DNSIB leaders respond.
March 2018: BlackRock, the world's largest investment firm, announces its principles for engagement with the gun industry, closely aligned with ours. BlackRock's action shows "we can vote with our money," says BBC analyst Katherine Howarth. (Must-see video starts at :48). The New York Times highlights DNSIB's work in a profile of co-chairs Rabbi Mosbacher and Rev. Anthony Bennett.
Read The New York Times' Profile
April 2018: Citigroup and other banks and investment firms follow BlackRock's lead. DNSIB joins forces with the Interfaith Center for Corporate Responsibility (ICCR) and backs ICCR's shareholder resolution requiring Sturm Ruger management to answer questions on gun safety -- much like those in DNSIB's Request for Information that Sturm Ruger has refused to answer.

DNSIB leaders meet with key institutional investors to build support for the Sturm Ruger resolution and urge long-term strategic engagement. In Milwaukee, District Attorney John Chisholm publicly thanks Common Ground and DNSIB for our leadership and commits to exploring law enforcement use of smart guns and other gun safety technologies.
May 2018: A breakthrough month! Metro IAF/DNSIB leaders attend Sturm Ruger shareholder meeting in Arizona and urge shareholder support for ICCR's resolution. The resolution carries with 69% of shareholders voting yes! DNSIB leaders are highlighted in national media, including NPR and BuzzFeed, and in local press. NY Daily News publishes joint DNSIB/ICCR op-ed on our victory. Metro IAF affiliate United Power meets with Chicago Sun-Times editorial board, resulting in strong editorial support for the DNSIB agenda, including our "approved dealer" proposal to cut off police gun purchases from Chicago's most problematic gun dealers.
Read the Op-Ed in the NY Daily News
June - July 2018: At its General Convention, the Episcopal Church endorses the Mosbacher-Bennett Principles and resolves to develop a "shareholder engagement plan" to guide church involvement with the gun industry. In Houston, IAF affiliate The Metropolitan Organization wins Chief of Police Art Acevedo's commitment to add Houston's voice to our campaign, gaining a powerful new ally: Chief Acevedo is First VP of the Major Cities Chiefs Association and a proponent of "relational policing."
The Do Not Stand Idly By campaign was launched by the faith leaders and citizens who make up the Metro Industrial Areas Foundation (Metro IAF) network. It is based on the principles that 1) We can't end the plague of gun violence in America until the manufacturers of guns make safety and responsible sales among their highest priorities and 2) The companies that step up to lead in these areas will thrive, tapping a growing demand for safety, and expanding their market share among major public-sector gun buyers.
Metro IAF, is part of the Industrial Areas Foundation, the nation’s first and largest network of multi-faith community organizations. Our 22 member organizations have deep-roots in the political and financial power centers in the eastern United States and Europe.
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