Monday, January 21, 2013

Gun Reform in America: Changing the Debate & Forging Solutions

Emerge America is having a webinar on Wednesday to discuss the growing crisis in our country, where gun-related deaths have reached epidemic proportions.  The discussion will be moderated by Wendy Strout*, Executive Director of Emerge Wisconsin:


JAN 30 2013 - 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Each year, more than 30,000 people die from gun violence.
That's 85 people a day.
Since 1990, the gun lobby has given Congress over 21 million dollars in campaign contributions to prevent the enactment of common sense gun control legislation and maximize profits in their industry.
Changing the Debate and Forging Solutions: How to Lead the Dialogue on Guns in America 
Featuring Janet Fitch of the award-winning film series Guns, Grief and Grace in America 
The gun reform debate has been ongoing yet we have not sustained consistent legislative victories. Join our panel of experts as they look at the recent history of gun violence in America and re-frame the debate in terms that will help win the crossover support necessary to achieve lasting and effective policy solutions. 
Wednesday, January 30th, 2013
12:00pm PST/1:00pm MST/2:00pm CST/3:00pm EST
Senior Vice President for Policy & Co-founder

Moderated by:
Executive Director
Documentary filmmaker and community-engagement specialist Janet Fitch is the director of an in-depth look at gun violence in the United States. Her award-winning 3-part series, Guns, Grief and Grace in America, is a unique multi-purpose body of work. The series views gun violence through the lenses of local, state, and national communities, and reorients the discussion towards a solutions-based public health issue. With a focus on prevention, the film series serves as a highly-useful tool that spurs community engagement and civil dialogue.
Jim Kessler brings a wealth of knowledge and insight on economic and social issues across the policy spectrum. A longtime veteran on Capitol Hill and in campaigns, he served as Legislative and Policy Director to Representative/Senator Charles Schumer where he helped pass landmark legislation on crime, gun safety, and domestic violence. From 2001 to 2004 he served as Director of Policy and Research for Americans for Gun Safety. He has appeared frequently as a commentator on television, radio, on the web, and in newspapers—including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, 60 Minutes, MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthews, The Financial Times, Congressional Quarterly, National Journal, ABCWorld News Tonight, The CBS Evening News, NPR’s Morning Edition, Bloomberg and Marketplace Radio. A prolific writer, his columns have appeared in The Washington Post, The New York Times, POLITICO, Roll Call and DEMOCRACY: A Journal of Ideas.
Wendy Strout is the Executive Director for Emerge Wisconsin and has been working in Democratic politics since 1992.  Wendy has worked on Congressional Races in Pennsylvania, Kentucky and Arkansas in various roles, including Finance Director.  Wendy also worked as a fundraiser in 2002, for Governor Doyle’s successful gubernatorial campaign.  She has also worked as the political organizer for AFSCME in Southeast Wisconsin where she also coordinated several labor coalitions.  Before joining Emerge Wisconsin, Wendy served as the Director for the Wisconsin Civic Engagement Project (now Wisconsin Voices).
And in full disclosure, I do work for Emerge Wisconsin, which makes Wendy my boss. But more importantly to me, she's been my friend for more than 15 years.

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