Connecticut Against Gun Violence

Working since 1993 to reduce gun violence through common sense approach to legislative advocacy

Sat, Sep 28, 2013
8:30 AM - 2:00 PM

Marching On

Hosted By

  • Wesleyan Association of Christian Thinkers
  • Wesleyan Office of Religious and Spiritual Life


  • Trinity College Department of Psychology
  • Trinity College Health Fellows Program
  • Trinity College Human Rights Program
  • Trinity College Public Policy and Law Program
  • Trinity College Women and Gender Resource Action Center
  • Wesleyan Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life
  • Wesleyan Center for Community Partnerships
  • Wesleyan College of Social Studies

Saturday, September 28, 2013





Marty Isaac, President, CAGV Board of Directors

J. Donald Moon, Zilkha Professor in the College of Social Studies Professor of Government

Mayor Daniel Drew, City of Middletown

Nicole Hockley, mother of Dylan Hockley, Sandy Hook



Past, Present & Future of Gun Violence Prevention in Connecticut
Lisa Labella, Director, Advocacy & Outreach CAGV

This session, for all conference participants, will provide a review of the 2013 legislative session, an overview gun violence in Connecticut today, and what is on the horizon for 2014. The session will provide specifics on what we did well and what we need to do better for continued success. Also included will be an introduction to other groups active in Connecticut.




Session 2: BREAKOUT

Beyond Mass Shootings: The Hidden Epidemic of Gun Homicide
Ron Pinciaro, Executive Director, CT Against Gun Violence

This session will include detailed data on the issue of gun homicide and gun crime in CT, as well as specifics on some of the proposals being implemented to address the issue. 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

Chief 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 first-hand the characteristics of each.

The 2014 Elections: YOU Can Impact the Results!
Senator Beth Bye, 5th Senate District (Bloomfield, Burlington, Farmington, West Hartford)
Representative Gary Holder-Winfield, 94th Assembly District (Hamden, 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 county.


Remarks: U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal, U.S. Senator Chris Murphy

Keynote Speaker: Dannel P. Malloy, Governor, State of Connecticut




Session 3: BREAKOUT

Marching for Change: Building a Movement
Nancy Lefkowitz & 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. Meg and Nancy 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 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 hardcopy. Also covered: How and when to engage with or respond to the NRA and other pro-gun groups


Closing & Call to Action – Lestina Trainor, CAGV Board of Directors

Become a sponsor

  • $250+ Activist
  • $500+ Champion
  • $1000+ Patron

All sponsors will be prominently acknowledged at the conference.

Event Location

Exley Science Center
265 Church Street
Middletown, CT 06459


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Register for this event

Join a group:
Beyond Mass Shootings
Guns 101
Legislative Strategy
Marching for Change
Maximum Impact
The 2014 Elections

To pay by check, print the PDF form and mail, payable to:
Connecticut Against Gun Violence
P.O. Box 523
Southport, CT 06890

For questions or requests for financial support, please contact Sofie at: 203-955-1009