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
10:30-11:15 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
11:30- 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 (www.moksgagv.org) 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.