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Patch to go Dark Briefly Friday Morning to Mark Moment of Silence for Newtown Victims

One week after the Newtown massacre, Patch and much of the Web world will go dark briefly at 9:30 Friday morning to join in the tribute to the kids and teachers.

Moment of silence for Sandy Hook. Credit Karla Vallance
Moment of silence for Sandy Hook. Credit Karla Vallance
Patch is among the many websites which will display a tribute to victims of the Sandy Hook shooting over their sites tomorrow, Friday, at 9:30 a.m.

According to Patch's sister site Techcrunch, the online campaign was inspired by a call for a moment of silence by Connecticut’s governor - and follows a coalition of tech leaders calling for more gun control.

Techcrunch writes:

The awareness strategy seems inspired by the SOPA [Stop Online Piracy Act] website blackouts from January. Instead of completely blocking functionality of participating websites, though, the tribute message can be closed to resume normal browsing. Alternatively, people can click a link in the message to find out what else they can do to aid the campaign.

The moment of silence on websites will coincide with one across social media sites. Over 100,000 people have pledged not to tweet or post to Facebook, including Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey, Britney Spears, Suze Orman, Tyler Florence, Goldie Hawn, and Joe Montana.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has also ordered the state to observe the same moment of silence, and has asked that state buildings that have the capacity to ring their bells 26 times during to observance in memory of the victims. Many Long Island fire departments and churches are slated to participate in the bell ringing.
Tonto Hertzberg December 20, 2012 at 08:29 PM
Turn on ANY of the network channels tonight and the body count will make your head spin. Vile and sickening violence from one end of the night to the other.If we are going to have a national conversation on gun violence lets start with the nihilists in Hollywood and those sick bastards that make these films, video games and TV shows that are drenched in blood.
Tideline December 21, 2012 at 12:13 AM
Lets not forget our long time broken Mental Health Care system played a major role in this tradegy. Lets also not forget the role the media plays by giving these wackos the 15 minutes of fame, that they crave by showing their photo on TV, in newspapers and on online web sites, as well as mentioning their name repeatedly. These same outlets can tell the story, while at the same time not saying or writing the shooters name or posting his photo. I hope "the many web sites" will display a tribute to our Founding Fathers, if our Second Amendment Rights are infringed upon in 2013.
Tideline December 21, 2012 at 12:16 AM
"According to Patch's sister site Techcrunch, the online campaign was inspired by a call for a moment of silence by Connecticut’s governor - and follows a coalition of tech leaders calling for more gun control." Can you clairfy for us whether or not The Patch is calling for more Gun Control and who the "Many Long Island Fire Depts" are who are participating in this.

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