Cathy Risberg and Natalie Warren
How to join:
If you are interested in joining us and honoring all victims of gun violence through your individual actions, then come to our monthly Gun Violence Prevention Issues Group Planning Meeting at the Corner Bakery Cafe on Rand Road in Arlington Heights, IL. We hold a short (30 – 45 minutes) Planning Meeting on the 3rd Thursday of every month. Checkout the NWSOFA calendar for more details.
Because of Newtown, the NWSOFA GVP Issues Group has committed itself to become a bold advocate of change and action. We are determined to change the conversation surrounding gun violence in America, change the hearts of people we encounter through a spirit of volunteerism and kindness – and take action to change the laws to create safer communities for every family in America.
The GVP Issues Group educates by having periodic informational meetings, collaborates with coalition non-partisan groups, such as local churches and Moms Demand Action and takes action by recruiting legislators to build support for legislation to strengthen background checks and by raising community awareness through hosting Day of Action events, such as vigils, using social media, writing letters to the editor and handing out fliers.
Please see our website calendar and our photo page for the current and recent actions and events.
Gun Violence Prevention Resources
- Recruit Republican co-sponsors in the House to build support for Thompson King bipartisan bill. This bill seeks to strengthen background checks on gun purchases and is identical to the Senate bipartisan bill sponsored by Senators Joe Manchin (D-W. Va.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa).
- Work with Coalition Partners who share a similar vision. These partners include the Illinois Coalition Against Handgun Violence, Mom’s Demand Action, Citizen Action IL, Rainbow Push and the Urban League.
- Maintain a steady legislative focus on two specific House Republican Representatives from Illinois. Contact Rep. Rodney Davis (District 13) and tell him to: “Do the right thing…the time to act is now” and also contact Rep. Aaron Schock (District 18th) and tell him: “This is an opportunity to be a leader on issue of GVP in your party.”
- Participate in the April 14th National Day of Action Event. The exact nature and details of this event will be announced soon by our Illinois OFA leadership team.
06/21/2014 – 06/22/2014 – http://www.momsdemandaction.org/
Moms Demand Action is suggesting that no one shop at Target on the weekend and instead shop at one of the stores they list at their website that do not favor open carry of weapons. They would like everyone to take a picture of themselves with a sign saying #OffTarget and send it to them at: firstname.lastname@example.org
02/11/2014 – Illinois Concealed Carry Law: What You Need to Know to Build Safer Communities for All Families and Businesses
Seating capacity at the Palatine Police Station Community Meeting room is limited. All seats will be held for those who have registered in advance at MyBO: https://my.barackobama.com/page/event/detail/gunviolencepreventionactionevent/gs83y2.
02/20/2014 – If you are interested in joining us and honoring all victims of gun violence through your individual actions to help make our communities safer, then come to our monthly Gun Violence Prevention Issues Group Planning Meeting at the Coffee Planet, 1450 Golf Rd., Rolling Meadows, 60008. We hold a short (30 – 45 minutes) Planning Meeting on the 3rd Thursday of every month and afterwards many of us stay to help out with the weekly NWSOFA Phone Banking. Our February meeting will be held on Thursday, February 20th at 6:30 pm. Thank you so much and we hope to see you at the Coffee Planet!