The Heartland Coalition Against Gun Violence
The Coalition was organized in 2014 by Grandparents Against Gun Violence 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, the Coalition 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 six forums to date:
2021 – Gun Violence. Strategies to Curb This Public Health Epidemic
Our second virtual Forum featured keynote speaker Megan Ranney, MD, MPH, a nationally recognized epidemiologist and advocate for gun violence prevention. She was joined by local community leaders explaining their strategies to improve homelessness, unemployment, early childhood education and living environments.
2020 – Gun Violence. Going Beyond Thoughts and Prayers
Our first ever virtual Forum featured leaders in the Faith, Business and Government communities sharing their current actions and plans for the future.
2019 – Gun Violence. Insights From Both Ends of the Gun
The Forum featured keynote speakers Azim Khamisa and Ples Felix and was attended by more than 280 people.
2018 – Gun Violence. Changing the Conversation
The 2018 Forum was attended by 250 participants and featured keynote speaker Candace Lightner, founder of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)
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 was killed at Sandy Hook.
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.
Other activities of the Heartland Coalition include commemorating the December 14 anniversary of the Sandy Hook tragedy and participating in the annual June 2 National Gun Violence Awareness Day.