The Heartland CoalitionAgainst Gun Violence
The Heartland Coalition Against Gun Violence is a loosely organized group of 38 organizations concerned with the spread of gun violence in our culture.
The Coalition was organized in 2014 by Grandparents Against Gun Violence (www.moksgagv.org) and is based on the belief that like-minded local groups would be more successful if they worked together to further the cause of reducing gun violence, and to build a critical mass of supporters. Through its sponsoring organizations, it represents more than 10,000 individuals.
A primary function of the Heartland Coalition is to sponsor community forums to educate the public about the issue of gun violence and promote action steps to reduce it.
There have been five forums:
2014 – Gun Violence. Finding Common Ground. Acting
2015 – Gun Violence. A Public Health Issue
2016 – Gun Violence. The Culture of Fear
For the first time, the 2016 Forum featured a nationally known keynote speaker: Leonard Pitts, Pulitzer Prize winning columnist syndicated in newspapers across the country.
2017 – Gun Violence. Keeping Our Children Safe
The 2017 Forum was attended by over 200 participants and featured keynote speaker is Nicole Hockley, mother of Dylan Hockley, who lost his life at Sandy Hook.
2018 – Gun Violence. Changing the Conversation
The 2018 Forum was attended by almost 300 participants and featured keynote speaker Candace Lightner, founder of Mothers Against Drink Driving (MADD)
Other activities of the Heartland Coalition include promoting Gun Violence Sabbath, commemorating the anniversary of the Sandy Hook tragedy, participating in Gun Violence Awareness Day, and participating in the Concert Across America initiative, begun in 2016.