Letter from the Deputy Governor of Illinois

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2011 Congress Anti-violence Vigil at Thompson Center

Minutes after the Congress concluded yesterday, we received a letter from the Deputy Governor of Illinois Ms. Cristal Thomas. It does not commit the Governor to oppose specific legislation such as “concealed carry” that is currently before the Illinois house, but at least acknowledges our visit. She re-states what she said to the delegation who visited her that the “Governor is fully committed to reducing violence in our state.” During the visit I said to her that those who propose “concealed carry” are also for reducing violence. The question is, whether he will reduce violence by reducing guns on our streets.

Still it is good to get an acknowledgment. But it is only the first step. Our work has just begun!

- Rev. Dr. Shanta Premawardhana

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