New York Communities for Change Protests BlackRock’s Investments in Guns, Reported by NY Daily News

Posted on May 24, 2018

Anti-gun protesters rally outside BlackRock shareholder meeting to condemn its Sturm Ruger investments

Originally Posted in NY Daily News on May 23, 2018
Written by Chelsia Rose Marcius and Rich Schapiro

“We’re here to send a message that BlackRock investors and big Wall Street investors are propping up the NRA and therefore the death of kids across the country,” said Jonathan Westin, director of the non-profit New York Communities for Change, said at the rally outside the Lotte New York Palace Hotel on Madison Ave.

Anti-gun demonstrators took aim at BlackRock Wednesday, rallying outside the private equity giant’s shareholder meeting in protest of its ties to one of the nation’s largest firearms makers.

BlackRock, which is Sturm Ruger’s largest investor, has come under fire in recent months by activists claiming its pursuit of profits comes at the expense of gun violence victims.

“I don’t know if this situation will ever change because these investors make so much money off this industry,” said protester Andrew Ryan, 65, of Hastings on the Hudson.

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