About Operation Sideline
Since 1992, Congress has passed no gun safety laws even after massacres at Aurora, Sandy Hook, San Bernardino and the shooting of one of its own–Rep. Gabby Giffords. The reason is clear–at least 17 states have gun cultures that will never allow such legislation.
Still, there are recent examples where states have reversed themselves for economic reasons. In 2015, Indiana reversed its Religious Freedom Restoration Act (allowing discrimination in the “exercise” of religion) when Apple, American Airlines, Salesforce, the NCAA college sports league and others threatened to pull their convention business. Other states followed suit. A boycott of Arizona for its 2010 immigration crackdown by corporations and other states cost $141 million in lost convention business in its first seven months.
In 2014, National Gun Victims Action Council (NGVAC) and the Newtown Victims and Clergy for Corporate Responsibility (NVCCR) launched Operation Sideline— to let corporate America concerned hear directly address concerned citizens directly address through social media. In 2016, we have added some exciting features to this program.
National Gun Victims Action Council (NGVAC)
NGVAC is a non-profit network of 14 million gun victims, survivors, the faith community and ordinary people leveraging their buying power to change America’s gun laws. NGVAC initiated the successful action that caused Starbucks to change its gun policy. NGVAC pursues novel legal strategies to reduce gun violence and encourages corporations to be proactively involved in advocating for sane gun laws. NGVAC can be found at www.gunvictimsaction.org
Newtown Victim’s & Clergy for Corporate Responsibility (NVCCR)
NVCCR is a Newtown-based ad-hoc organization that spontaneously formed in the wake of the horrific, indescribable Sandy Hook school massacre. Consisting of over 20 clerical denominations, Parents and Family of the Slain, Survivors, First Responders and Activists, NVCCR partners with other organizations to forge responses to specific gun centric threats to Public Safety and to the sanctity of human life.
RABBI SHAUL PRAVER BIO
Rabbi-Hazzan Shaul Marshall Praver spiritual leader of Congregation Adath Israel of Newtown Connecticut became known to millions of people in America when he ascended the stage on Sunday, December 16th, 2012 in the presence of President Obama in Newtown Connecticut to intone the Hebrew memorial prayer, God full of Compassion.
Changed forever by the horrific massacre at the Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012, he is committed to transforming Newtown from the town of the tragedy into the bridge to a new and kinder world.
Together with his friends and colleagues, Rabbi Praver stands at the epicenter of the “Newtown effect,” He has effectively advocated before Connecticut and Washington lawmakers for sensible gun laws and mental health services. Rabbi Praver brings a well-reasoned counter-intuitive approach to achieving sensible gun laws and implementing educational programs in violent hot spots in America’s cities.
Currently Rabbi Praver is launching the Global Coalition for Peace and Civility (GCPC). A national organization, its twin missions are to increase civil dialogue through the proliferation of universal nonsectarian spiritual truths and to galvanize America’s clergy to expand their role as “meaning makers” in society.
Alongside his position as Newtown’s Rabbi, Rabbi Praver also serves the state of Connecticut as a chaplain for the Department of Correction, is a former Florida Supreme Court certified family mediator and in 2014 was awarded the prestigious Samaritan Medal for Peace and Humanitarian Achievement by the Samaritan people of the Holy Land for distinguished service.
Rabbi Praver was trained in Israel for both the Rabbinate and the Cantorate for ten years in the 80’s before which time he was a college student at SUNY Purchase and Hebrew University.
He continues to powerfully advocate for a culture of peace and civility in every major television, radio and print outlet in the country including, CNN, MSNBC, NPR, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Newsday and the Boston Globe.
Rev. Matthew Crebbin
Rev. Matthew Crebbin has been Senior Minister the Newtown Congregational Church, UCC since 2007. He has served faith communities in New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Massachusetts.
A sought after preacher and lecturer, his ministry has focused upon a variety of areas including: theological dialogue, ecumenical and interfaith partnerships, youth and young adult ministries – as well as justice and peace advocacy. He is the Coordinator of the Newtown Interfaith Clergy Association.
Rev. Crebbin grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley where he received a BA in Legal Studies in 1988. He received his M.Div. from Andover Newtown Theological School in 1994.
He has served in leadership capacity on a number of local, regional and international organizations including: Rotary International, Habitat for Humanity, and various other Health and Human Services organizations.
Since the events at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012, Rev. Crebbin has worked with a broad coalition of faith leaders in CT and nationally to build bridges of understanding and compassion between diverse communities.
He has been a leader in promoting peace and reconciliation near and far and has offered his voice and support to the passing of gun safety legislation and finding other means locally and nationally to reduce gun violence in all communities.
Elliot Fineman – Chicago, Illinois
President & Chief Executive Officer, National Gun Victims Action Council (NGVAC)
Elliot Fineman served as a strategic marketing consultant to Fortune 500 companies including top corporations like Accenture, KPMG and the Boston Consulting Group for 25 years. Following the murder of his son in 2006 by a paranoid schizophrenic who had legally obtained the gun, he founded National Gun Victims Action Council.
As a leading voice for a network of gun victims, survivors and the faith community seeking to change America’s gun laws by adding an economic lever strategy, Mr. Fineman has appeared on CNBC, CNN, PBS, Fox News, the BBC, Al Jazeera English, Australian network TV and China Central Television (CCTV). He has been quoted by top media like USA Today, National Public Radio, the Chicago Sun-Times, the Morning Call and written op-eds for the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Times-Tribune (Scranton), Salem-News (Washington state) and the Capital Times (Madison, WI).
Trained at MIT as a civil engineer, Mr. Fineman is a skillful orator who has debated top-echelon NRA spokespeople on radio and TV and who addresses undergraduate and graduate students on the topic of gun violence at universities around the country.
Mr. Fineman served as host of NGVAC’s bi-monthly radio show, “IT’S THE GUNS, STUPID,” that aired on the AM station 1480 WPWC in Washington, D.C., reaching northern Virginia and southern Maryland, in 2014. The show, with well-known national guests, also reached nearly 600,000 social media members.