We strive to build community, educate voters, and use our Sharpies to write to save democracy together. Join us on Monday, October 30, from 10am to 12pm ET, to write postcards, talk about the races, and hear from candidates and political leaders.
Talmage Cooley, Director of The Gun Violence Project, will join us at 10:30am ET. Talmage is social venture strategist, serial entrepreneur and filmmmaker. He began his career as a fixed income trader for Morgan Stanley in New York, then co-founded the largest non-lobbying organization focused on the gun issue (The Center to Prevent Youth Violence – later merged with the Brady Center) where he created the Asking Saves Kids Campaign. He also served on the Organizing Committee of the Million Mom March in 2000. He later founded the startup Democracy.com as part of a master’s degree program at the Harvard Kennedy School. Talmage has written and directed several films which have won over twenty best film and other prizes at festivals worldwide, including two premieres at the Sundance Film Festival and one film shortlisted for the Academy Award in Short Documentary. He is currently the Director of the Gun Violence Project and also a writer/director at Kinoglaz Pictures. The Gun Violence Project and the Asking Saves Kids Campaign: Launched by The Gun Violence Project team in 2000 at the Million Mom March, the Asking Saves Kids (ASK) Campaign is a common-sense, prevention-focused solution that brings all parents and communities together to stop gun violence against children and families. ASK is based on the fact that half of homes with children have a gun, with half those guns left unlocked or loaded. The ASK message to parents is simple. Walk outside your front door, look right, look left. One of those home probably has a gun and your child is probably playing there. Therefore, as a parent, you need to ASK about guns in the homes before sending your child over to play. Are all guns stored with trigger locks in a gun safe? Is all ammunition locked separately? Who has the keys? These simple questions could save your child’s life. A groundbreaking 2012 Harvard University study found ASK to be the only national messaging intervention on gun violence ever proven to be effective. Today, over 19 million households report they ASK about guns in the home before sending their kids over to play.
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