This weekend marks the first anniversary of the mass murder of 20 schoolchildren and six teachers in Newtown, Connecticut. Not one thing has changed. The National Rifle Association still controls the Congress of the United States and we, the People, are still without adequate laws to protect us from gun violence. Last January, this gallery opened The Newtown Project: A Call to Arms!, showing the work of 32 artists who hoped their images would help convince Congress to pass "meaningful and effective" gun control legislation. Clearly, it was not enough. In April, we opened a second exhibit ART TARGETS>GUNS at the First Congregational United Church of Christ. And this month we present a third Newtown Project exhibit, HOW DO WE ARM OURSELVES?---12 brilliantly creative assemblages by KM Ramich, six of them directly related to gun violence. They reflect one artist's vision and are superb examples of what we call "the art of social and political change."
We have selected "NRAlien--The Enemy Within," a new assemblage by KM Ramich now on display at Charles Krause/Reporting Fine Art, as the symbol of our Newtown Project campaign for gun control. Postage paid postcards with the Enemy Within on the front will be available, free of charge, to those who come by the gallery this Saturday and Sunday to see, and learn from, NRAlien and the other assemblages in Kathleen Ramich's exhibit, HOW DO WE ARM OURSELVES? Those who come by the gallery and pledge their support will also receive a jpeg of the NRAlien symbol, which we will ask them to send to ten of their friends and a Member of Congress of their choice, hoping to initiate a viral social media campaign on the first anniversary of Newtown to demonstrate to the Congress of the United States that the People of the United States are also a special interest group---even more powerful than the NRA.