September 25 at Congregation Solel, Lake County United held an action with 17 leader to witness a virtual shareholder meeting of the American Outdoor Brands Company (Smith and Wesson Gun Manufacturer) annual meeting. In this meeting a shareholder's resolution requiring the company to issue a report on what they are doing to curb gun violence AND THE RESOLUTION PASSED by a majority of stockholders. This is the second of the only two publicly traded gun manufacturers to pass this resolution. Lake County United joined affiliate organizations throughout the U.S.
Let’s Stop Jailing People Suffering from Mental Illness --
Here’s a question for you, whether you’re a Democrat, Republican, Independent, or just sick of the whole political process: If we could solve one of our major social issues in Illinois while saving millions in state funds and helping tens of thousands of people in need, would you be in favor of it?
Join leaders from Lake County United to engage gun manufacturers in making our communities safer. At this meeting, shareholders – including leaders from affiliates of LCU – will vote in support of a resolution requiring a report from gun manufacturers. We have invited key allies to join us in support.
If we could help make guns safer for children and other innocents who come across them by accident, and if we could make it hard to operate for dealers who are known to sell guns later found at crime scenes, would you be in favor of that? Do you know how easily you can become involved?
Shareholders, including large institutional investors, successfully supported a resolution to hold a gun manufacturer to a measure of accountability.
A Chicago Sun-Times editorial -- "This is about following the money. One potentially effective strategy to reduce gun violence in Chicago and our nation, though underused, is to put the squeeze on gun-makers and dealers to make safer guns and better regulate their sale. And the way to put the squeeze on them is to threaten their profits."
Lake County United is affiliated with the Metro Industrial Areas Foundation. Its 22 affiliates are in the East, Midwest, and Southeast United States (CT, DC, IL, MA, MD, NC, NJ, NY, OH, VA, WI). This PDF report summarizes the affiliates key victories of 2017.