October 24, 2018



John Rosenthal – 617-733-3559

Javier Marin – 617-281-5435


MEDIA ADVISORY: Stop Handgun Violence and Parkland, Florida based Change the Ref Partner to Release New Billboard in Boston, Back Bay, with Press Conference to be held November 1st, at 11:00am;


Boston, MA – On Thursday, November 1st, Stop Handgun Violence and Change the Ref will unveil a new billboard designed by artist Manuel Oliver, the father of 17-year-old Joaquin Oliver, killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. The billboard aims to compare the effective gun laws in Massachusetts with the lax dangerous gun laws in Florida, particularly Florida’s lack of criminal background checks as well as unregulated and unrestricted access to assault weapons and high capacity ammunition magazines.


Press Conference Details:

When: November 1, 2018 at 11:00am EST

Where: Corner of Boylston St and Dalton Street, with views of Dalton Street Parking Garage at 50 Dalton St, Boston.

Who: MA Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo, State HHS Secretary MaryLou Sudders, Boston Police Commissioner William Gross, Manuel Oliver of Change the Ref, John Rosenthal of Stop Handgun Violence, March for Our Lives Student Organizers

What: Press conference and billboard unveiling




Stop Handgun Violence (SHV) is a Massachusetts based non-profit organization committed to the prevention of gun violence through education, public awareness, effective law enforcement and common sense gun laws. SHV has been the lead advocate in Massachusetts for enactment of the most effective gun violence prevention laws and first in the nation consumer protection regulations. The organization does not seek to restrict Constitutional rights,but advocates only for common sense legislation that will help save lives. For more information, go to


Change the Ref- Change The Ref (CTR), Founded in the memory of their son Joaquin, who was one of the 17 victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, FL, Manuel and Patricia Oliver are committed to making sure that their son’s life and the lives of the other 16 victims are never forgotten and that real change takes place to prevent future tragedies like this from happening ever again. CTR Mission is to raise awareness about mass shootings through strategic urban art interventions that will reduce the influence of the NRA on the Federal level. For more information, go