The Million Mom March is a historic event born in the aftermath of a horrific shooting in California on August 10, 1999. One New Jersey mom, Donna Dees-Thomases, outraged by the gun violence illuminating from her television screen, started a website to rally moms together in protest. The moms aimed to carry their voices to Washington and ultimately sparked a grassroots movement phenomenon!
More than 750,000 moms and advocates took to the National Mall on Sunday, May 14, 2000, Mother’s Day. The Million
Mom March brought citizen activists to Washington like the country had not seen in decades. Joined by satellite marches in more than 70 cities across the United States, more than 1,000,000 people spoke in one voice about the need to address the 31,000 people who die from gun violence every year. Politicians and celebrities also flocked to the event to join moms in their protest.
Energized by this overwhelming success, the moms established the Million Mom March chapters, which are active today across the country, and still looking for a few more good moms. You, too, can be a part of this movement. Consider joining up with these moms, starting a chapter in your local community, or volunteering with an existing chapter. Let’s keep the drum beating loud in your community for commonsense solutions that we all know can save lives.