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Congresswoman Robin Kelly Welcomes Diane Latiker as State of the Union Guest & Witness to the House Judiciary Committee

Feb 5, 2019
Press Release

Washington, DC – Congresswoman Robin Kelly will welcome Second District constituent, Diane Latiker of Roseland, to Capitol Hill. On Tuesday, she will attend the State of the Union as the Congresswoman’s guest and on Wednesday, she will testify during the House Judiciary Committee Hearing: “Preventing Gun Violence: A Call to Action.”

“In these challenging times, I could think of no better example of someone committed to solutions, her community and progress. I am proud that Diane will be my guest for this year’s State of the Union address,” said Congresswoman Robin Kelly. “Diane literally opened her own home because she was worried about her neighborhood and the young people who live there. She has created a space for young people to learn, grow and thrive – despite their circumstances – in an effort to prevent gun violence and save lives. Her testimony to the Judiciary Committee will be invaluable as we work to prevent gun violence and save lives.”

Diane Latiker knows the cost of gun violence in Chicago. However, she did not sit on the sidelines while a slow-moving massacre impacted her community. Instead, she has become a leader in efforts to prevent young people from following a violent path. In 2003, Diane Latiker founded Kids Off the Block, in her own home, as a way to provide at-risk young people with a place to learn, grow and be heard. She went as far a selling her TV to purchase used computers for the young people that she serves.

“I would like to thank Congresswoman Kelly for inviting me to the State of the Union and Chairman Nadler for the invitation to testify before the House Judiciary Committee, the first gun violence prevention hearing in eight years,” said Diane Latiker. “It’s no secret that gun violence in a problem in Chicagoland and in every American community. While I know there are countless community-based activists working tirelessly in their communities to stop the violence, we cannot achieve our goals without commonsense gun safety laws. We need stronger background checks, an end to gun trafficking and straw purchases and we need more resources in our communities to create hope and opportunity for our young people. Ending gun violence in America isn’t impossible, we just need to find the political will to do the right thing.”

Both Congresswoman Kelly and Mrs. Latiker have limited availability for media interviews on the morning of Wednesday, February 6th, in advance of the House Judiciary Committee hearing. Congresswoman Kelly also has some availability that afternoon. If you would like to speak with Congresswoman Kelly or Mrs. Latiker, please contact James Lewis (james.lewis@mail.house.gov) to arrange an interview.

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