Columbine 20th Year 

Saturday marks 20 years after the horrific massacre at Columbine High School where 12 students and one educator were shot and killed.  Because of this noted tragedy in our community’s and our nation’s history, there are a number of events occurring.

Preventing School Violence Summit –    Tuesday, April 16
Symposium on preventing school violence. At the Anschutz Medical Campus.  The seminar is designed for scientists, school leaders, community members, public safety professionals and decision-makers.  The goal is to provide knowledge and tools to advance a public health approach to the problem.  Cost is $25. Click here to get more information.  

Heartbreak, Heroes and Sheroes Roundtable  – Tuesday, April 16
This is a difficult time of year for families who have survived mass shootings in Colorado, who have felt the pain and grief of losing loved ones to gun violence.  In addition to stronger gun policies, we must also ensure that we provide timely, consistent, and effective support to address trauma, stress and mental health of survivors.  We want to hear from you and identify potential solutions to prevent mass shootings and provide support for survivors.
Participants:  former Governor John Hickenlooper, Senator Rhonda Fields, and Representative Tom Sullivan
Location:  First Baptist Church, 1373 Grant St., Denver, across the street from the state capitol.
Time:  Noon

Guns Down Townhall – Thursday, April 18
A Call to Action:  Building a Safer Future with Fewer Guns.
Place:  Mindspark Learning Headquarters, 455 S. Pierce St., Lakewood
Time:  6:30-8:30 p.m
Sponsors:  Guns Down, The DRU Project, PNC

Community Faith Based Remembrance Service – Thursday, April 18
Place:  Waterstone Community Church, 5890 S. Alkire St., Littleton
Time:  6:30-8:30
An evening of remembrance and hope.  This faith-based service will be filled with art, song and stories of hope and forgiveness.  Speakers include Frank DeAngelis, Scott Christy, Patrick Ireland, Crystal Woodman-Miller, Philip Yancey and Makoto Fujimura.  They would like everyone to donate $20 to future maintenance of the Columbine Permanent Memorial.  Tickets are free, but RSVP is required.
Click here to RSVP 

Ripples of Columbine – Thursday, April 18
Rocky Mountain PBS – Channel 6
Time:  8-8:30 p.m.
Insight with John Ferrugia

Community Vigil – Friday, April 19
Place:  Columbine Memorial, Clement Park, 7306 W. Bowles Ave., Littleton
Time:  7:30 p.m.

Worldwide Day of Service – Saturday, April 20
This is a statewide day of recommitment.  Choice of service project is up to each person.   Time:  8 a.m. – noon
Click here for more information.

Remembrance Ceremony – Saturday, April 20
Place: Columbine Memorial, Clement Park, 7306 W. Bowles Ave., Littleton
Time:  3 – 5 p.m.

Remember and Renew – Friday, April 26 – Sunday, April 28th 
The Episcopal Peace Fellowship is holding a pilgrimage dedicated to remembrance and renewal around Columbine on April 26-28th (Friday through Saturday).  Some events are for out-of-town visitors only, but most of them are public events.    More information will be provided later, but here are some planned activities:
Friday, April 26th:
1-3  Presentation:   “Culture of Violence,” followed by the film “Bowling for Columbine, Iliff School of Theology  2323 E. Iliff Ave.
Saturday, April 27th:
11-1 Networking lunch St. Timothy Episcopal church 1401 E. Dry Creek Rd., Centennial
1-3:30 Educational and Policy workshops St. Timothy’s
4-5:30 Vigil at Columbine Memorial, Clement Park, Pierce and Bowles, Littleton
6-8:00 Meal and reflection  Columbine Unitarian Universalist Church  6724 S. Webster, Littleton
Sunday, April 28th
10 a.m.  Church Service:  Rev. Don Maxhausen, Speaker at St. Timothy’s
4-6 p.m.  Interfaith Service  St. Andrew United Methodist Church 9203 S. University Blvd.  Highlands Ranch

Healing after Suicide – Saturday, April 27th
The American Association of Suicidology is have its 31st Annual Healing After Suicide Loss Conference at the Sheraton in Denver.   Cost is $60 and includes lunch.  Check this web site to register. https://www.suicidology.org/Annual-Conference/31st-Annual-Healing-Conference


Second Amendment Sanctuary Counties


County Commissioners of at least ten, mostly rural, counties have declared themselves “Second Amendment Counties” and stated that they will not enforce what they state is an unconstitutional law – Extreme Risk Protection Orders (which has yet to pass the senate).  They are wrong on several counts:

  1. Similar laws have been found constitutional in two separate cases.
  2. County commissioners are not the deciders of constitutionality in our American democratic republic.  The courts are.
  3. Sheriffs who defy a court order could find themselves in contempt of court.

The worst issue is that these county commissioners are choosing to deny their constituents protections that would be afforded to all other residents of the state.  This is especially unfortunate as rural counties in Colorado suffer a suicide rate twice that of the nation as a whole, and mountain resort communities a rate three times the national one.  Extreme Risk laws have been proven to prevent suicides.


Recall Madness

They’re back!

Miffed that they lost the elections so badly and self-persuaded by repetition of their apparent mantra “Overreach, Overreach, Overreach,” House Republicans have begun an effort to recall two Democratic legislators:  Senator Jeff Bridges and Representative Meg Froelich, both from Greenwood Village/Englewood.  Reportedly, a recall of Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock, who has strongly supported the Extreme Risk bill, is in the works.

Representative Froelich is having activities the next two weekends to reach out to constituents in her district.   If you wish to help out, you can send an email to her volunteer coordinator: meredithrobinsonphillips@gmail.com

You can also help out by donating to Rep. Froelich’s effort through her web page.  For more information on why these stymied Republicans are doing this, check out the Colorado Times Recorder article. 


“Gun Violence Prevention Conference 2019: Twenty Years from Columbine to Parkland.”

GVPedia, in partnership with Survivors Empowered and the Newtown Action Alliance, invites you to Denver, Colorado, April 5 – 7 for a national conference on gun violence prevention.

Register for the conference here.

Register now as conference space is limited.

Twenty years after the horrific massacre at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, the United States is still suffering from preventable school shootings, domestic violence, urban violence, and suicide. The GVPedia Conference, set in the center of the country and at the heart of the gun violence prevention movement, is open to activists, survivors, students, and researchers who are working to end the senseless violence.

After the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on February 14, 2018, gun violence prevention activists doubled down on their efforts and welcomed new activists, particularly students. At the GVPedia Conference, you will meet new and experienced advocates and hear about new as well as historic research on gun violence prevention.

“Our goal is to arm people with the correct facts and statistics and to discuss the best strategies to educate the public and legislators about gun violence prevention.”
— Devin Hughes, GVPedia Founder

The conference will cover topics including urban gun violence, police violence, and differing GVP strategies. Other important topics covered will be gun suicide, domestic gun violence, gun myths, new research, gun law implementation and enforcement, and a history of the gun violence prevention movement over the last 20 years.

A memorial will be held on Saturday night. We will honor all who have been lost to gun violence whether through mass shootings, suicide, domestic violence, law enforcement, urban violence, or unintentional shootings.

Speakers will share the rich history of the movement, advocates can explore old and new strategies, and researchers will explain the latest studies and data.

The conference is free but space is limited. Please join us by registering here.

For more information, please email Penny@GVPedia.org.

GVPedia Conference Schedule (Subject to Change)
April 5-7, 2019
Sheraton, Downtown Denver
1550 Court Pl, Denver, CO 80202


Graham On Extreme Risk Protection Order Legislation

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today made this statement on introducing extreme risk protection order legislation with U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Connecticut).

“Our government encourages our citizens that if you ‘See something, Say something.’  We also need ‘Do something.’  Read more


On the Federal Level

Democrats took the reins in the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday, January 3 and are immediately taking action on addressing gun violence.  This coming Tuesday, January 8th, on the 8th anniversary of the Tucson shooting of former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, Democrats will introduce a proposal for universal background checks.   Giffords will join Speaker Pelosi and Rep. Mike Thompson in introducing the bill.  Learn more here.


More than 4 million children endured lock downs last school year, a groundbreaking Washington Post analysis found. The experience left many traumatized.Read the story here.

 

 

 

 

 


‘The World Moves On And You Don’t.’
Parents Who Lost Children in School Shootings Find Comfort in a Group No One Wants to Join’  Read the Time article here.

(L-R) Pamela Wright, Melissa Willey, Andrew Pollack, Darshell Scott, Tom Masuer, Nicole_Hockley and Darrell Scott, the parents of children killed in school shootings in the USA, stand for a portrait at the Meredith Photo Studios in New York, USA on Aug. 31, 2018. Photo by Adam Ferguson for Time


DONATE

Although Ceasefire is an all-volunteer organization, we do contract with a lobbyist to assist us in our advocacy at the capitol.  Because of the highly successful elections, we anticipate a number of proactive gun violence prevention proposals this coming session, including ERPO (red flag), which Ceasefire spearheaded this past year.  More bills translate into higher lobbying costs.  Your assistance in this is crucial to making Colorado safer.  You can donate to Colorado Ceasefire Legislative Action by clicking here or by mailing your donation to Colorado Ceasefire Legislative

 

 


Armed and aging: A conversation about seniors, dementia and the right to bear arms…

University of Colorado Medical School study just released Monday find the number of adults with Alzheimer’s and dementia is steadily increasing, but questions around their access to firearms remain largely unaddressed. The study finds firearms are the most common method of suicide among people with dementia, but it explores other serious concerns with firearm possession and dementia. People with dementia can experience hallucinations, delusions, aggression and paranoia, and the study’s lead author, Dr. Emmy Betz with the University of Colorado School of Medicine, found many older adults have access to guns.

https://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/360/armed-and-aging-a-conversation-about-seniors-dementia-and-the-right-to-bear-armsDuring these Dog 


We welcome your ideas, your participation, and your support! Postal Address: Colorado Ceasefire P.O. Box 7501 Denver, CO 80207

Telephone: 303-380-6711 Email: info@coloradoceasefire.org

  

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