Hartford, CT Press Release

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CITY OF HARTFORD CHOSEN TO KICK OFF NATIONAL ‘RAISE THE CALIBER’ CAMPAIGN TO END ILLEGAL GUN VIOLENCE

Campaign Launches With Unveiling of 60 Foot High Sculpture by Artist Michael Kalish

— NEWS AND COMMUNITY STATEMENT—

(May 7, 2014) The City of Hartford has been selected as the kick off site for “Raise The Caliber” a national advocacy campaign to end illegal gun violence. Central to the campaign will be the unveiling of a public art piece by internationally renowned artist Michael Kalish. The work, a 60-foot high sculpture created from 2,000lbs of shredded illegal guns bought off the streets through voluntary gun buybacks, will be unveiled in Hartford in July and stay for nine months.

“In cities across the country, gun violence is impacting too many families, and cutting too many lives short. We’re doing everything possible to combat that in Hartford and we welcome anyone willing to stand alongside us to help raise awareness of this issue that affects everyone in our community,” said Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra.

“This monument is truly the most powerful piece I have ever created and I am really honored to hear about Hartford’s enthusiasm for it,” said artist Michael Kalish.

Raise The Caliber was founded by CEO of Jewelry for a Cause NYC, Jessica

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Charles Grady

Charles Grady

Advisor of Raise The Caliber™

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Charlie Grady hails from an esteemed law enforcement background*. He is a highly decorated retired Police Detective and FBI Task Force Agent. Grady’s 27 year career in law enforcement focused on violent crime, homicide, drugs, guns, and gang investigations on a Nationwide scope. Grady was the first Senior Investigator appointed by The United States Attorney of the District of CT, specializing in gun violence and illegal trafficking of firearms and narcotics. Continue reading