Patch to Go Dark Friday Morning in Honor of Newtown Victims

We are joining a national movement to pay our respects to the victims and their families, and take a moment to reflect on tragedies that are weighing heavy on our nations hearts.


Patch’s virtual hand will join the hands of other websites, the White House, Gov. Jerry Brown, and others like Causes.com in a moment of silence Friday morning in honor of the Newtown, CT victims.

The moment of silence will occur anywhere from 6:30 a.m. PST to 9:30 PST. Patch’s headquarters are based in New York and our silence will occur at 6:30 a.m. PST.

At the request of Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy, Brown is asking Californians to participate in the quiet moment, according to a CBS report.

In New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo asked houses of worship and other places to ring their bells 26 times to honor the 20 children and six adults who were killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, reports the San Francisco Chronicle.

Major websites are expected to pause for the moment as well, according to a CNN report: “It's unclear how widespread participation will be online, but more than 100,000 people and sites have pledged to participate on the Causes.com page for the Web Goes Silent campaign. People and companies are also spreading the word by tweeting their intention to go quiet with the hashtag #momentforSandyHook.”

Patch posted its intention to join the movement earlier on Thursday via Facebook and Twitter.

The following is the call by Causes.com that helped spread the nationwide movement:

Please join in a national moment of silence in honor of the Sandy Hook victims called for by Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy. At 9:30 a.m. EST, spend several minutes reflecting quietly on this terrible tragedy and take a five minute pause from all online activity.

If you have a website or blog, please spread the word by placing this badge on your page and observing online silence in your own way. 

In the coming weeks and months, we must come together around common-sense solutions that will prevent the gun violence that has become all too frequent in communities across the country. 2013 is the year to take meaningful action; observing this moment of silence on Friday, we can signal our resolve to stop senseless deaths like these from happening again.

Please join us we bow our heads in remembrance.


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