Earlier this Spring we examined the 25 Ways to be Politically Active and at the time, added our own #26: Show appreciation when something positive happens.
Many of you did just that when you joined our Advocacy Action in March by sending a postcard to thank Dick’s Sporting Goods for its decision to stop selling guns of any kind in many of its stores. In turn, many of us later received notes thanking us signed by Edward Stack, Dick’s CEO – take a look. Advocacy works; our voices were heard!
Mr. Stack’s own advocacy extends beyond Dick’s, which he has headed since 1984. He has also backed a federal bill extending background checks and has joined the Everytown for Gun Safety Business Council. Learn more about Mr. Stack and what motivated him to take this stance:
A horrific school shooting was the last straw for the CEO of Dick’s Sporting Goods
Speaking of advocacy, here are two more ways you can advocate for GAGV.
This one’s for all you online shoppers: GAGV can now be designated as your charity of choice to receive .5% of your Amazon purchases through the site’s AmazonSmile program.
To select GAGV, go to smile.amazon.com, then click on your account. Look for the box titled ‘Other Programs’ in lower right corner and click on ‘option to change charities.’ Type in Grandparents Against Gun Violence in the search bar. Click on ‘select.’
Remember, once you’ve selected GAGV, all your future Amazon shopping must start from smile.amazon.com in order to benefit GAGV.
According to Amazon, more than $124 million has been collected for charities since AmazonSmile started in October 2013. Let’s get after that!
And if you love Facebook, LIKE US on Facebook, too. If you haven’t already, LIKE US the next time you visit the Grandparents Against Gun Violence page. There’s strength in numbers! The more people who like us on FB, the farther our information spreads. Invite your friends to LIKE US and share our posts on your page.
HEARTLAND COALITION COMMUNITY FORUM UPDATE
Monday Oct 14, 2019
Committees are meeting. Planning is ongoing. Decisions are being made. It’s happening!
In addition to Azim Khamisa and Plex Felix, our inspiring keynote speakers whose families were changed by gun violence, you’ll hear from an impressive panel of first responders. These are the professionals who are among the first to encounter victims of gun violence, often before even family members arrive.
Dr. Rob Winfield, a trauma surgeon at KU Medical Center, Rev. David McDaniel, senior pastor of Holmeswood Baptist Church and a former chaplain at Children’s Mercy Hospital and KCPD Sgt. Johnita Harris will each share experiences from their work on the front lines of gun violence. The panel presentation will be followed by a Q & A session moderated by Nick Haines, executive director of public affairs at KCPT and host of its “Kansas City Week in Review.”
Not only do we hope you’ll attend the Forum, we hope you’ll consider becoming a sponsor, too. Learn more about sponsorship opportunities and help spread the word by sharing the Save the Date with family and friends. Post it on your Facebook page, too.
Interested in volunteering for the Forum? Just email us and we’ll get right back to you. All help is welcome.