BEYOND IS ABOUT MOVING FORWARD—AS INDIVIDUALS AND AS A COMMUNITY.
“What started out as a single day of commemoration has grown to a year-round commitment to public health.
Following the tragic shooting on the morning of January 8, 2011 in Tucson, Arizona at Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords’ “Congress On Your Corner,” the Southern Arizona community spontaneously came together to honor, remember, and show solidarity for those that were killed, injured, or traumatized by the event.
As the first anniversary of the tragic day approached, Family members of slain congressional aide Gabe Zimmerman saw an opportunity to not only pay tribute to their son and the other victims, but to provide meaningful activities for community members to reconnect with each other while participating in health-related outdoor activities.
In January of 2012, they launched the inaugural BEYOND event, which included as many as 36 individual events spread across the entire greater Pima County region on a single day—including hikes, fun runs, bike rides, scavenger hunts and outdoor dance opportunities. The annual tradition has continued each year thereafter.
Since that time, through the growing support and collaboration of its community partners, BEYOND has evolved—literally going “beyond” its initial mission—and has now formed into its own 501c3 organization whose mission is to promote the use of good science and rational analysis to improve individual and community health.
A Commemorative Day of Unity!
Connect with your community, make nutritious food choices, move your body, and spend quality time outdoors!
Sign up today to reserve your spot at any of the 16 fantastic health and fitness events happening across Pima County on Saturday, Jan. 14th, 2017.
You can register here: www.beyond-tucson.org
Many events to choose from: http://www.beyond-tucson.org/events/. One of my favorites is the Together We Move main event downtown:
“Join us downtown at Armory Park and get your body moving for the New Year! The Children’s Museum – Tucson and Armory Park Senior Center have teamed up with a wide range of community health and fitness groups to host an event that promises to be the largest number of body moving options available in a single location! Whatever type of body movement inspires you, you are sure to find it here! There are fun activities planned for every age…”
Let us again move our bodies and spirits BEYOND the Tucson mass shooting of Jan. 8, 2011.
7 years ago today a mentally ill student opened fire at Virginia Tech and killed 32 students and wounded 17 others. Over 3 years ago on January 11, 2011 another mentally ill young man fired his gun here in Tucson, Arizona and killed 6 innocent people, and wounded 13 others. Some of those 13 (Pam Simon, Suzi Hileman, Mary Reed) were at a press conference today in downtown Tucson announcing the launch of a new organization “Everytown for Gun Safety” to lobby for common sense legislation on all levels of government, especially Congress.
Also attending today were Emily Nottingham, mother of the late Gabe Zimmerman (Congressional aide killed on 1/8/11), Roxanna Green, mother of the late Christina Taylor-Green (killed on 1/8/11), and Daniel Hernandez Jr. and Patricia Maisch – both heroes on that fateful day at the Safeway in NW Tucson where the shooting occurred.
Posted in Activism, Campaigns, Carolyn Classen, Community, Congress, Gun Policies, Legislation
Tagged Congressmember Gabrielle Giffords, Everytown for Gun Safety, gun safety, Mayors Against Illegal Guns, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense, Tucson mass shooting