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The Breadth and Complexity of the Gun Violence Epidemic and How It Is Connected to Criminal Justice Reform.

Sara Knizhnik holds a BA from Northwestern University and an MA from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. She served as a university-level English-as-a-Second-Language Instructor at various universities in the Chicago area for 17 years before becoming first a volunteer, part-time gun violence prevention (GVP) advocate with Moms Demand Action and then a full-time, professional GVP advocate with the Newtown Action Alliance (NAA). Sara is the Director of Community Engagement for NAA, a national gun violence prevention (GVP) organization founded in the wake of the Sandy Hook shooting in Newtown, CT in December 2012. Sara is also one of the Principals and founders of Purpose Storytellers, a clever public affairs firm dedicated to helping nonprofits get to the next level of policy influence and thought leadership. Sara spends her time, as both a professional and a volunteer, educating the public about how they can become active in the movements in support of gun violence prevention and criminal justice reform. Sara is also a member of the Vernon Township Board of Trustees. She lives in Vernon Hills with her husband and two children.


Call Your State Representative TONIGHT and ask them to vote YES on HB1092 to strengthen IL’s Firearm Restraining Order

Find your state rep and how to contact them. 


7:30 – 7:40 Welcome and Introductions 

7:40 – 7:45  Democracy Quotes

What are your hopes for our Democracy?

7:45 -7:50 National Update

HR1/S1 – We have to get this passed or we’re f**cked

7:50 – 8:05 – Deep Dive – Guest Speaker Sara Kniznik

We have to get gun legislation passed before the mid-terms.  Their priority is at the Federal level.  Most important is passing HR1/S1. 


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