Five Trinity programs are partnering with Wesleyan University to sponsor “Marching On: A Conference on Gun Violence Prevention” to be held Saturday, September 28 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Exley Science Center, 265 Church Street, in Middletown.
The conference is free for students with a valid ID. To register, click here, or call 203-955-1009. The admission fee for non-students is $75.
The half-day event will feature speeches from several prominent public officials – including Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy and U.S. Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Christopher Murphy – as well as sessions on the issues of gun violence, making your voice heard and effective social media strategies.
Although the conference is hosted by the Wesleyan Association of Christian Thinkers and the University’s Office of Religious and Spiritual Life, the co-sponsors include five groups from Trinity: the Department of Psychology, the Health Fellows Program, the Human Rights Program, the Public Policy and Law Program, and the Women and Gender Resource Action Center. Also, three groups from Wesleyan are co-sponsors: the Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life, the Center for Community Partnerships and the College of Social Studies.
The schedule is as follows:
8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.: Registration
9:30 a.m. to 9:50 a.m.: Welcome
• Marty Isaac, president, Connecticut Against Gun Violence (CAGV) Board of Directors
• J. Donald Moon, Zilkha Professor in the College of Social Studies at Wesleyan
• Middletown Mayor Daniel Drew
• Nicole Hockley, mother of Dylan Hockley, Sandy Hook, CT
9:50 a.m. to 10:35 a.m.: Session I – All Participants
Past, Present & Future of Gun Violence Prevention in Connecticut
Lisa Labella, director, Advocacy and Outreach, CAGV
This session, for all conference participants, will provide a review of the 2013 legislative session, an overview of gun violence in Connecticut today, and what is on the horizon for 2014. The session will provide specifics on what CAGV did well and what it needs to do better for continued success. Also included will be an introduction to other groups active in Connecticut.
10:35 a.m. to 10:50 a.m.: Break
10:50 a.m. to 11:35 a.m.: Session II: Breakout
Beyond Mass Shootings: The Hidden Epidemic of Gun Homicide
Ron Pinciaro, executive director, CAGV
This session will include detailed data on the issues of gun homicide and gun crime in Connecticut, as well as specifics on some of the proposals being implemented to address these issues. This session will help identify how activists can support efforts to reduce gun violence through education and legislation.
Guns 101: The Terminology and Technology
Chief Douglas Fuchs, Redding Police Department
Fuchs will explain the different types of guns on the market, how the parts of a gun help determine what kind of gun it is and, what category of gun it falls into. He will have (non-firing) samples of different firearms and magazines on hand so participants can see firsthand the characteristics of each.
The 2014 Elections: You Can Impact the Results!
State Sen. Beth Bye of West Hartford
State Rep. Gary Holder-Winfield of New Haven
Participating in elections is the most effective way to become personally known to policy makers. This session will focus on how to help keep good legislators in office, and get involved in campaigns that will replace those who are not good on the issue. Participants will also learn how to begin developing relationships now with those legislators who helped Connecticut pass the strongest gun safety legislation in the country.
11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Remarks: U.S. Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Christopher Murphy
Keynote Speaker: Gov. Dannel Malloy
12:15 p.m. to 1 p.m.: Lunch
1 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.: Session III: Breakout
Marching for Change: Building a Movement
Nancy Lefkowitz and Meg Staunton, co-founders, March for Change
This session will focus on growing visible support for the gun safety issue. Participants will learn how to make connections in their community and keep the issue visible in the media. Lefkowitz and Staunton will share their expertise, including lessons learned from the March for Change.
Legislative Strategy: Making Your Voice Heard
Betty Gallo, Betty Gallo & Company
Learn how a bill becomes a law and how to effectively lobby legislators. Emphasis will be on the legislative process and how to participate in public hearings, with a special focus on creating persuasive testimony.
Maximum Impact: Effective Social Media Strategy
Patrick Comerford, coordinator, Social Media and Community Relations, Planned Parenthood of Southern New England, Inc.
Participants will learn how to create an effective social media strategy, and how to effectively participate in different platforms, both online and in hard copy. Also covered: How and when to engage with or respond to the NRA and other pro-gun groups.
1:45 p.m. to 2 p.m.: Closing & Call to Action
Lestina Trainor, CAGV Board of Directors