With Charlotte already surpassing the number of homicides in 2018, addressing gun violence as a public health crisis will take involvement from the whole community. Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America and author of ‘Fight Like a Mother’ will join us to discuss how she built a grassroots movement to take on the gun lobby.
Shannon Watts is a mother of five who, prior to founding Moms Demand Action, was a stay-at-home mom and former communications executive. The day after the Sandy Hook tragedy, Shannon started a Facebook group with the message that all Americans can and should do more to reduce gun violence. The online conversation turned into a grassroots movement of Americans fighting for public safety measures that protect people from gun violence. Moms Demand Action has established a chapter in every state of the country and is part of Everytown for Gun Safety, the largest gun violence prevention organization in the country, with more than 5 million supporters. Her book, Fight Like a Mother, was released in May of 2019.
The conversation will be followed by a panel discussion with invited guests:
- Sen. Malcolm Graham, Founder of the Cynthia Graham Hurd Foundation
- Alma S. Adams, Ph.D. US House of Representatives (NC 12)
- Vi Lyles, Mayor of Charlotte
- Garry McFadden, Mecklenburg County Sheriff
- Mark Jerrell, Mecklenburg County Commissioner
- TBA, Executive, Atrium Health
Moderator: Dedrick Russell, WBTV Reporter
Sponsored by Cynthia Graham Hurd Foundation & WBTV
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