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2020 Heartland Coalition Community Forum

  • 12 Oct 2020
  • 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
  • Zoom Webinar


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7th Annual Community Forum


Gun Violence: Going Beyond Thoughts and Prayers

Monday, October 12th, 2020

After a gun tragedy,

thoughts and prayers for the victims come easily and predictably.

Never, however, can they be an effective substitute

for the hard work of collaboration, action and change.


Hear proactive local leaders from the business,

government and faith community

discuss what important steps they’re taking 

that go beyond thoughts and prayers

in preventing gun violence.


If you are interested in supporting Grandparents Against Gun Violence but not interested in registering for the Forum, click the Donate button to make a tax deductible contribution.



NOTE – there will be 15-minute breaks between each panel 

 9:00-9:15     Opening and Welcome

 9:15-10:15   Faith Panel and Q & A

Rabbi Doug Alpert, Congregation Kol Ami; Reverend Tom Are, Village Presbyterian Church; Reverend Modest Miles, Morningstar Missionary Baptist Church

10:15-10:30  Break

10:30-11:15  Business panel and Q & A

Ken Novak, PhD UMKC professor discussing the role of gun violence on business; Chris Goode, owner & CEO  Ruby Jean’s Juicery 

11:15-11:30   Break

11:30- 12:15 Government Panel and Q & A

Kevin McManus Mayor Pro Tem, KCMO; Jerry Stogsdill, KS House of Representatives 

12:15-12:30  Closing Remarks

Mayor Quinton Lucas, Kansas City, Missouri 

The Heartland Coalition was organized in 2014 by Grandparents Against Gun Violence ( and is based on the belief that like-minded local groups would be more successful if they worked together to further the cause of reducing gun violence, and to build a critical mass of supporters. Through its sponsoring organizations, it represents more than 10,000 individuals.

A primary function of the Heartland Coalition is to sponsor community forums to educate the public about the issue of gun violence and promote action steps to reduce it.

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