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?”