The Annual Alliance Luncheon is at noon on Tuesday, April 30 at the Sheraton Seattle. The theme: This IS Our Lane and features two inspirational speakers: The first is Fred Guttenberg, gun violence prevention activist and father of a student killed at Parkland. The second is Dr. Joseph Sakran, a trauma surgeon, gunshot victim himself, and the originator of "This IS Our Lane" when the NRA came out with Stay In Your Lane after doctors made statements for gun violence prevention. This is always an inspirational event and well attend by Grandmothers! If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Debbie McDonald, firstname.lastname@example.org or at this site: https://secure.gunresponsibility.org/page/s/2019-luncheon, and include Grandmothers Against Gun Violence as your table captain.
Grandmothers is one of the founding partners of Washington Gun Violence Prevention Coalition that unites seven organizations and governing bodies working to make our communities safer from gun violence. The Coalition is hosting its first event on Saturday, April 20 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm at Seattle City Hall. (see link below and note our logo!)
On the 20th anniversary of the Columbine school shooting, Washington State's top gun violence prevention organizations and governing bodies have come together to raise awareness on existing gun safety laws.
Extreme Risk Protection Orders (ERPOs) are an underutilized tool to prevent individuals at high risk of harming themselves or others from accessing firearms. Family members or law enforcement can obtain an ERPO in response to an individual's dangerous mental health crisis or violent behavior.
Join us for this no-cost, community event to learn more about ERPOs and help us get the word out about this life-saving measure. Please RSVP at this site: https://secure.gunresponsibility.org/page/s/gvpc
You are also invited to a Rally for Change hosted by Washington Ceasefire from 10:00 am to noon on the same date, at the same place. A Time To Remember Columbine and a Time To Hope.
The Black Law Enforcement Association of Washington (BLEAW) Conference will honor outstanding women in the forefront for Social Justice and also local police officers who have accomplished and excelled beyond the call of duty GAGV member, Fabienne Brooks, retired as the highest ranking African American officer in King County as Chief of Detectives and GAGV member and our staff coordinator for strategic outreach, Sarah J.E. Dean, President of the Seattle Section, National Council of Negro Women are among the ten honorees. A continental breakfast will be served. Please email Sarah Dean at email@example.com for more information.
RSVP to Susan Simon at firstname.lastname@example.org by March 12
We are going to Olympia on February 27, 2019. This is always an important and exciting day- a time to show up and speak up for gun safety legislation.
Our bus departs Mount Zion Church at 8:00 am. Arrive by 7:45 am. We will return by 5:00 pm. Lots of excellent information, supportive materials, and good companionship is guaranteed!
Thank you for your activism, everyone. We seek that safer world for our grandchildren and for theirs!
We looked back to see what was accomplished (YES on I-1639!, $20,000 donated to GVP research, expanded membership and partnerships, MLK celebration) and looked ahead to the next legislative session, our Lobby Day on Feb 5 and introduction of our new GAGV lobbyists. We are organized and poised to be a force in Olympia and beyond!
Trainer: Mike Donlin, Program Supervisor from the Washington State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction’s School Safety Center, describes training given to our state’s teachers and staff. Included will be state standards, enforcement and suggestions for improvement.
Students: Two Seattle High School Students describe being in a classroom during a lockdown from two different perspectives. These students will be introduced by Brandy Grant, Program Manager from the Alliance for Gun Responsibility Foundation.
Counselors: Erin Romanuk, School Social Worker in Seattle Public School’s Safety and Security Office and a few of her colleagues from Seattle’s Superintendent’s crisis resource team, discuss how professionals are equipped to provide support after a lockdown.
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.
Grandmothers welcomed Representatives Tana Senn (D-41) Eric Pettigrew (D-37) and John Lovick (D-44) to talk about:
• What will it take for our elected officials to respond to the continued wave of tragic mass shootings?
• Why is it so hard for a majority of legislators to support significant gun safety legislation when voters in every Washington State county except one have demonstrated their support by passing two gun safety initiatives?
• Which of the bills have the greatest chance of resonating with legislators?”