NEW BRITAIN, CT - Today, Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) congratulated Newtown residents, Mark Barden and Sarah Clements, for winning the White House Champions of Change Award for their advocacy on gun violence prevention. Mark Barden, whose son Daniel was killed at the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, is the Director of Advocacy for Sandy Hook Promise. Sarah Clements is a senior at Newtown High School and the founder of the Junior Newtown Action Alliance, where she works with a national network of young people on gun violence prevention. Sarah’s mother is a teacher at Sandy Hook Elementary School and survived the shooting.
“My heartfelt congratulations to Mark and Sarah for receiving their very well-deserved “White House Champions of Change” awards. I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know Mark and Sarah over this past year, and I’m inspired each and every day by their strength and their advocacy. The senseless, horrific tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School broke our hearts, but the advocacy of Mark, Sarah, the entire Newtown community, and countless others working to reduce gun violence across the country show that our spirit is not broken.
“Washington has failed to meet that call to action to enact commonsense gun violence prevention measures, and the costs of inaction are unacceptable. Mark and Sarah have helped spark a movement of urban, rural, and suburban communities across the country united by their commitment to saving lives and reducing gun violence. They will not give up, and I will not give up. However long it takes, we will keep fighting to enact commonsense laws to keep our families and our communities safe from gun violence.”