Over the weekend, mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, left 31 people dead and many more injured.
In a statement, CWA District 6 Vice President and head of CWA's human rights program Claude Cummings called for meaningful action to end mass shootings and gun violence.
"We must decide what type of country we want and what type of people we want to be," said Cummings. "It's not enough to point to elected leaders and say 'do something' before going on with our lives. They will offer up sympathetic words for victims and tough talk about the killers. But don't expect any meaningful action. They won't act until we do...The violence won't end until we elect leaders with the will to end it."
"Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families and communities surrounding both El Paso and Dayton," stated IUE-CWA President Carl Kennebrew. IUE-CWA's headquarters is located in Dayton. He also encouraged CWA members in both communities to reach out to local blood banks to determine if donations are needed.