Join us for a very special and timely Crucial Conversation luncheon:
A new day in the fight against gun violence?
Junior League of Raleigh
711 Hillsborough St.
Raleigh, NC 27603
Cost: $15, admission includes a box lunch. Scholarships available.
Questions: Contact Rob Schofield at 919-861-2065 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Though it was just the latest in an apparently endless string of American mass shootings, this February’s tragedy at Stoneman High School in Parkland, Florida seems to have finally sparked a movement that is not fading away like those of past years.
All across the country, 2018 has been marked by student-led actions against gun violence – social media campaigns, school walkouts, mass marches and rallies – that have started to make a real impact in both the public and private sectors. Here in North Carolina, leading businesses have begun to disassociate themselves from the assault weapons industry and elected officials have at least started to propose and discuss new laws and programs to address gun violence.
So, where do things stand now for this nascent movement? How have things changed? What comes next?
Join us, as three powerful North Carolina voices share their answers to these questions and others related to this critically important and timely subject:
Joala Downey is a student at Durham’s Riverside High School, where she serves as president of the Student Activism club. In March of 2018, Downey helped organize a walkout to protest gun violence and advocate for saner firearm policies. She has spoken out about arming teachers and resource officers, and the need for lawmakers to listen to students in this ongoing national conversation.
State Rep. Marcia Morey is a Democratic member of the North Carolina House of Representatives, who has represented District 30 in Durham County since April 2017. Her experience in the legislature has drawn from her 18 years on the bench, five as a chief district court judge in Durham County.
Rep. Morey is currently calling on her colleagues to pass a gun reform package. The package includes: lifting the legal age to purchase assault weapons from 18 to 21, banning bump stocks, and a Gun Violence Restraining Order (GVRO) that would remove guns from individuals who are considered a danger to themselves or others.
Kaaren Haldeman is the mother of three boys, one in middle school and two in high school, and was the first statewide chapter leader of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America in North Carolina. She joined Moms in the weeks after the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy on December 14, 2012. At that time, her son was also in the first-grade. She has been a scholar-activist in gun violence prevention for more than five years and an advocate for safer, stronger and more sensible gun policies at the Congressional, NC General Assembly, and local levels.
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