Tony Bennett and Al Sharpton to March Against Gun Violence in Harlem

By Dennis Zhou on March 20, 2013 2:35pm 

 Advocates marched on the one-year anniversary of the Ramarley Graham shooting.
Advocates marched on the one-year anniversary of the Ramarley Graham shooting.
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HARLEM — Crooner Tony Bennett will join Rev. Al Sharpton Thursday afternoon for a Harlem rally against gun violence.

Organized by a coalition of New York-based groups along with former law enforcement members from Newtown, Conn., the rally aims to encourage the rest of the country to adopt the NY SAFE Act.

The act, signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in January in response to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, introduced new gun regulations, along with mental health and background checks for gun buyers.

The rally will also call attention to recent police shootings like the one that killed Bronx teen Ramarley Graham last year, said Ronnie Sykes, the rally's promoter.

The rally will start on 124th Street near Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard at 4:30 p.m. with a procession in memory of gun violence victims. It's organized by groups including New York Voices Against Gun Violence, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, the Brady Campaign, Harlem Mothers S.A.V.E. and New Yorkers Against Gun Violence.

Also in attendance will be Darren Wagner, former sheriff of Newtown, Conn.; Jackie Rowe Adams of Harlem Mothers S.A.V.E. and Leah Gunn Barrett of New Yorkers Against Gun Violence.

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