2018: What We’ve Done


December Quarterly Program Meeting

December 11, 2018

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!


Election Night 2018

November 6th, 2018

Initiative 1639 passes thanks to the hard work of hundreds of Grandmothers and thousands of volunteers working for safer gun laws.


Initiative 1639 – Safer Gun Laws

We worked in April to collect signatures to get it on the ballot.  In October, Grandmothers gathered to add personal messages to postcards being sent to voters in support of I-1639. The initiative passed in the November election!

  • Raise Semi-Automatic Assault Weapon Purchase to 21

  • Create Enhanced Background Checks for Assault Weapons

  • Establish Waiting Period Before Purchase

  • Holds gun owners responsible if a child or other prohibited person accesses and uses an unsafely stored firearm to harm themselves or another person

  • Ensure Continued Eligibility to Possess or Purchase a Semiautomatic Gun

  • Require informed consent at time of purchase on inherent risks of a firearm in the home


Wear Orange – National Gun Violence Awareness Day

June 2, 2018

Grandmothers joined Moms Demand Action, 100 Man Army, Students Demand Action, Youth Violence Prevention Movement and more for a family friendly picnic honoring the victims and survivors of gun violence and celebrating our hope for a future without gun violence. 


Keeping the Dream Alive

Thursday, April 5, 2018

More than 200 people attended and listened to speakers including Carmen Best, David Domke, and a representative of Pramila Jayapal. We raised $8000 to fund our research support program and we danced with the Central Area Sliders. The event was designed to keep alive the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King and to renew our individual and collective commitments to justice, peace, and safety.


March For Our Lives

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Grandmothers marched with all ages across the country in support of youth’s leadership in demanding gun safety legislation. We financially supported the March for Our Lives, organized by and featuring students. The Gun Violence Prevention cause emerged as an intergenerational movement.


Annual Lobby Day

February 6, 2018

Thanks to those of you who wrote letters that 54 Grandmothers who went to Olympia delivered to your representatives – over 2,000 to 36 Districts!

2017: What We’ve Done


Governor Inslee, Grandmothers Against gun Violence Donation to Research, Concert Across America & Candidate Forum

Friday, September 22, 2017

A great morning for Grandmothers Against Gun Violence! More than a hundred members of Grandmothers and new friends joined together to welcome Governor Jay Inslee and Grandmothers Against Gun Violence 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 profusely Grandmothers for all our hard work over the last five years! Thank you, Governor Inslee, for your commitment and leadership in gun violence prevention!


Contribution to Gun Violence Prevention Research

This has been made possible by the generous contributions of grandmother members! Grandmothers Against Gun Violence 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 Grandmothers Against Gun Violence Board members Yvonne Banks, Kathleen McLaughlin, and all who helped orchestrate this memorable morning!


Concert Across America to End Gun Violence

Sunday, September 24, 2017

A great evening for all of us working to prevent gun violence! 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 Grandmothers Against Gun Violence Board members Sharon Friel and Susan Simon for their outstanding planning and execution! 


Candidate Forum

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Mayoral candidates Jenny Durkan and Cary Moon as well as 45th District Senate candidate Manka Dhingra shared their commitments to gun violence prevention.


YES on I-1491

Grandmothers helped pass Initiative 1491, the Extreme Risk Protection Order Act. Extreme Risk Protection Orders will empower families to prevent tragedies by temporarily preventing people in crisis from accessing firearms. Families and law enforcement can ask a judge for an Extreme Risk Protection Order if there is demonstrated risk of violent behavior against oneself or others. The subject of an Extreme Risk Protection Order will be prohibited from purchasing or possessing a firearm for one year.


Women’s March

January 21, 2017

We are proud official partners with the Women's March on Washington. Grandmothers marched strong with thousands of others to make our voices heard.