Carolyn McCarthy, D-Mineola, joined Malverne Police Chief John Aresta
other anti-violence activists from Long Island at Hofstra University
last week for a forum on how to reduce gun violence.
the voters don’t speak out and let their elected officials know that
they’ll hold them accountable on this issue, then nothing will happen,”
Rep. McCarthy said. “That’s how we’ll get change in our country – from
the voices of the grassroots on up.”
forum was organized by the local chapter of Pax Christi, a global
Catholic peace movement with more than 400 local chapters across the
attendees on the speaker’s panel included Long Island Railroad shooting
widow and head of the Long Island chapter of New Yorkers Against Gun
Violence Joyce Gorycki, community activist and Director of Adelphi
University's Undergraduate Social Work Program Sergio Argueta, and
Sister Jeanne Clark, founder of HOMECOMING, a community supported
agricultural and educational project.
is the nephew of Gorycki and attended this year’s State of the Union
Address as McCarthy’s guest as part of a movement to call attention to
gun violence during the national event.
event was hosted by the Hofstra University Center for Civic Engagement
and was organized by Uniondale residents Martin and Margaret Melkonian,