Grandmothers join Mayor Jenny Durkan as she signs City of Seattle support for I-1639
Jammal and David, two leaders of March For Our Lives. This is an intergenerational movement!
Gabby Giffords in Seattle to support I-1639 - Safer Schools, Safer Communities
Grandmothers write YES ON I-1639 postcards to voters
Why we do what we do - for our children, for our grandchildren and for theirs
Grandmothers help deliver 375,000 signatures in support of I-1639 to Olympia
Grandmother Connie collecting signatures on the ferry
Grandmothers join with MOMS to testify for safe gun storage at Seattle City Council Committee Hearing
Working to get signatures needed to get I1639 on the ballot
Making connections with Grandparents Against Gun Violence-Bellevue at Wear Orange DAy


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Celebrating on election night – Citizen Sponsor of 1639 Paul Kramer, Attorney General Bon Ferguson and Grandmothers’ Chair Margy Heldring.

From left, the Citizen Sponsor of Initiative 1639, Paul Kramer; Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson; and Grandmothers Against Gun Violence President Margy Heldring talk during an election-night party for supporters of Initiative 1639 at the Edgewater Hotel in Seattle. (Jason Redmond / Special to The Seattle Times)


Grandmothers get ‘er done by writing thousands of postcards to Washington voters in support of I-1639


Grandmothers’ Chair Margy Heldring and Gov Jay Inslee Champions for Gun Violence Prevention



Thank You Averil Rothrock!

Averil has been volunteering her legal skills to Grandmothers from our very beginning in 2013.  She asked the question, “Do you need a lawyer?” and has been volunteering her expertise ever since.  At our September Program Meeting we honored her with a plaque, an orange scarf and hat (so she can join us on our marches!), a one-of-a-kind art piece depicting our logo and a lifetime membership to Grandmothers Against Gun Violence.  THANK YOU, AVERIL!

Membership Co-Chair Donna Stringer honoring Averil for her 6 years of pro bono work


Averil receiving her orange hat and scarf from Membership Committee


Grandmothers recognized as “Most Multi-Talented Squad” by the Alliance for Gun Responsibility for stellar signature gathering for I-1639 by many, many grandmothers!


Media Coverage When Petitions Delivered to Elections Division

Proud to help set a record of collecting over 375,000 signatures supporting I-1639 To Prevent Gun Violence in just three weeks! On to the ballot!

See Events page for details on Initiative 1639.

This is a big shout out to Grandparents Against Gun Violence at Bellettini Bellevue Retirement Community.  We just met them at Wear Orange Day, they said they wanted to get involved, and have they ever!  They set a goal of collecting 500 signatures for I-1639 and they more than doubled that. Thank you for your active, effective citizenship!


Wear Orange Day – June 2

Grandmothers joined with Moms Demand Action, 100 Man Army, Students Demand Action, Youth Violence Prevention Movement and more for Wear Orange Day at Columbia Park.  There are clear, common sense actions that can be taken to reduce gun violence.  We will continue to show up, stand up and speak up to be sure our voices are heard.  Orange is bold and cannot be ignored.

Representative Ruth Kagi just retired after serving 20 years in the Washington State House.  She was honored at our quarterly program for her persistent commitment to gun safety legislation with a standing ovation, an orange scarf, and the first ever lifetime membership to Grandmothers Against Gun Violence.  In addition, the second $10,000 donation from GAGV to University of Washington’s Dr Rowhani-Rahbar was given in her name.  Thank you Representative Kagi.  We will miss your leadership in Olympia, but we look forward to your joining us!

Rep. Kagi and UW researchers Erin Morgan, MA & Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, MD, PhD, MPH.

Read about this study funded by Grandmothers at the link below:


Thank you to the over 200 people who attended “Keeping the Dream Alive”! 



Grandmothers March for Our Lives  with youth to end gun violence.


Gun Safety Bills Passed in 2018 State Legislative Session – Success!

  • * Closed the Machine Gun Loophole
  • * Created the nation’s first-ever Voluntary Waiver system to help protect people in crisis
  • * Strengthened our Concealed Pistol License system
  • * Made it illegal for those convicted of Domestic Violence Harassment to purchase or possess firearms in our state.


Governor Inslee signs bill to ban bump stocks, closing the machine gun loophole


Grandmothers from across the state visited law makers and delivered over 2,000 letters to 36 districts, speaking up for gun safety legislation.
Members of GAGV were interviewed by students from a Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies class at UW Bothell.  Results of their research on Grandmothers Against Gun Violence will be placed in the Feminist Community Archive of Washington State!
Grandmothers on the move at the Women’s March with our new signs!
More than a hundred members of Grandmothers and new friends joined together to welcome Governor Jay Inslee and GAGV member, Trudi Inslee to our meeting at Mount Zion. Governor Inslee applauded the public health framework for gun violence, shared his resolve to improve mental health care, spoke about the potential of de-escalation training to prevent tragic confrontations between police and citizens, and thanked Grandmothers for all our hard work over the last five years! Thank you, Governor Inslee, for your commitment and leadership in gun violence prevention!
First-ever contribution to gun violence prevention research,  made possible by the generous contributions of grandmother members! GAGV President Margy Heldring presented a $10,000 check to Dr. Ali Rowhani-Rahbar of the University of Washington School of Public Health, Department of Epidemiology. Dr. Rowhani-Rahbar discussed the need for research and research support. We look forward to ongoing collaborations, especially as research reveals the factors that promote safe storage of guns and ammunition.
Thank you to GAGV Board members Yvonne Banks, Kathleen McLaughlin, and all who helped orchestrate this memorable morning!
Grandmothers was proud to present its second annual Concert Across America To End Gun Violence at the United Church of Christ in Seattle. The church was packed and fully engaged with the wonderful music and singing of the evening as we remembered gun violence victims and renewed our commitments to seek solutions. Thank you to GAGV Board members Sharon Friel and Susan Simon for their outstanding planning and execution! 
 Candidate Forum
Mayoral candidates Jenny Durkan and Cary Moon as well as 45th District Senate candidate Manka Dhingra shared their commitments to gun violence prevention.
 See our Events page for upcoming events!


GAGV works collaboratively with other groups to reduce gun violence.  We are an active, enduring, effective organization, and we show up, speak up and stand up for gun sense and responsibility.  Our strength is in our numbers and our persistence.  We are grass roots with deep roots and, as grandmothers, we seek a safer world for our children and for theirs.  Please join us!