Out of the Narrow Place: Perspectives on Gun Violence and Dialogue

Out of the Narrow Place: Perspectives on Gun Violence and Dialogue

Conversation Three: with Brenda Richardson, who is active on gun violence and many other community issues in DC’s Ward 8, and Rachel Usdan, who is active with Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in DC and nationally. Both women are participants in DC’s Cross River Dialogue and share here how their approaches complement one another and how reaching across the river and beyond their neighborhood communities is so important to organizing, to sanity, and to reaching for new approaches.

Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense, DC and Beyond

Some useful links from Rachel —

Research about the causes of and solutions to address gun violence, from Everytown for Gun Safety.

Basic info about Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense, as well as Students Demand Action and the Survivor Network, which along with Mayors Against Illegal Guns encompass the umbrella organization Everytown for Gun Safety.

In addition, Rachel writes: “we always read the names of the District residents, our neighbors, who’ve lost their lives to gun violence in the past month at our DC chapter of Moms Demand Action monthly meetings, and I rely on Say This Name to make sure I have a correct list of individuals.

The website mentioned above also contains some general resources on trauma, race and gun violence.

Also mentioned during the discussion: Hadiya Pendelton and Hadiya’s Promise

Memorial to the Fallen in Southeast

DC artist Mercedes crafts sculpture from bullet casings for projects like the plaque at left, installed as part of the memorial mentioned in the conversation.

Photo: R. Usdan (2019)

In addition, here is more on Wear Orange Day and notes on another sculpture created from bullets by DC artist Mercedes at Charnice Milton Community Bookstore.

Trauma and Healing and Gun Violence

For those local to DCs Ward 8 and as examples of Brenda’s work —

DC Healing Circle

Sat April 18, noon. via Zoom.

All welcome.

For Zoom security reasons, please request details of Zoom meeting by emailing rereading@rereading4liberation.com

Outreach Meeting

Local group focusing on public safety in one area of Ward 8. Virtual meeting Tues, 4/14.

All welcome.

For Zoom security reasons, please contact Rereading@Rereading4Liberation.com for meeting link and Password.

About the Author
Virginia blogs on Jewish topics at "A Song Every Day" and manages the Education Town Hall and #WeLuvBooks sites. More at Vspatz.wordpress.com

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