Teach-In on Activism to Prevent Gun Violence
Every day in the United States, nearly 340 Americans are wounded or killed by firearms used in criminal activity, murders, assaults, suicides, suicide attempts, unintentional shootings, and/or by police intervention. Fifty of these victims are children. Seventy two percent survive their gun injuries, often with physical and/or emotional consequences, and 28% die from gun violence. Harming yourself or others intentionally or unintentionally with a firearmis a growing epidemic in the United States, and is a leading cause of preventable injury and death.
The University of Maryland School of Public Health is hosting a teach-in to raise awareness and strategize around opportunities for activism and research initiatives to prevent gun violence.
Invited experts and leaders, including youth activists, will explore strategic science- and community-based solutions to reduce firearm related violence in our communities and to help impacted communities heal in conversation with students and other attendees.
Boris Lushniak, MD, MPH, Dean of the University of Maryland School of Public Health
Woodie Kessel, MD, MPH, Professor of the Practice
with panel members including:
- Erricka Bridgeford, Co-Founder & Co-Organizer of Baltimore Ceasefire 365
- Andrea Chamblee, FDA attorney and widow of John McNamara (Capital Gazette reporter)
- Che Bullock, Capital Region Violence Intervention Program (CAP-VIP)
- Kyleanne Hunter, Vice President of Programs, Brady Campaign & Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence
- Jabari Lyles, LGBTQ Affairs Liaison, Baltimore City Mayor's Office
- David Mitchell, Chief of Police and Director of Public Safety, University of Maryland Police Department
- Jen Pauliukonis, President, Marylanders to Prevent Gun Violence
- Joseph Richardson, PhD, Department of African American Students, UMD College of Behavioral and Social Sciences