Trial of Heeding God's Call members

Over 300 T-shirt with the names of people that were murdered in the area.

Phila. gun-shop protesters acquitted

By Vernon Clark

Philadelphia Inquirer - 05/27/2009

Twelve activists from the interfaith group Heeding God's Call who were arrested at Colosimo's gun shop in Philadelphia in January were acquitted of all charges in a one-day bench trial in Municipal Court.

Rev. Jim McInire and Rev. David T. embrace after leaving the court. All were aquitted

rally gathering
The vigil outside the square.

Judge acquits gun protesters

Julie Shaw

Philadelphia Daily News - 05/27/2009

Melissa DeLong wiped a tear from her eye as she told a Philadelphia judge yesterday the story of a 4-year-old boy gunned down in Camden last year after being caught in a crossfire between two men.

T-shirts around the square in front of City Hall.

Michelle Bartlow
Rev. Michelle Bartlow of FUMCOG at the noon support rally.


Statement of Darrell (Drick) Boyd

For years I was troubled by the nightly reports of violence and death on the streets of Philadelphia, and  I agonized over the statistics of violence in our city. I wondered what could I, as an individual and as a Christian do in response to the reports I was hearing.
Last year I became part of the group, Heeding God’s Call. As a part of that group,  I learned about the Code of Conduct  for Responsible Gun Dealers that had been signed by Wal-Mart. I also learned that historically Colisimo’s Gun Shop had been a major source of illegal guns in this area.
So, on Friday, January 16 a little after 2 pm, I rang the buzzer in Mr. Colisimo’s store.  I had a copy of the Code of Conduct in my pocket and my purpose was to offer him another opportunity to sign the code. I rang the buzzer and was  refused entry to the store. When it became apparent they were not going to let us in, I and the two others with me sat down in front of the door to the shop.


Gun Violence Prevention page of Heeding God's Call.

Photos 1, 2 & 5 taken by Ray Torres
All others taken by Rich Gardner