Women Against Gun Violence


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Los Angeles, CA

Mission Statement/Vision:

Almost 25 years ago, Women Against Gun Violence (WAGV) was created after acclaimed feminist Betty Friedan approached WAGV founder, Ann Reiss Lane, with the challenge of taking meaningful action to stem the public health epidemic of gun violence affecting communities.

Over the past two decades, the women and men who make up WAGV’s Board of Directors have taken on that challenge and then some through both its program work and through legislative action.

Partnering with numerous legislators, community and activist groups to craft and enact what are the most stringent gun laws in the United States, WAGV has been part of many significant California legislative milestones. From the banning of assault weapons, to the prohibition of junk guns and armor piercing ammunition, to the more recent laws against loaded, unsecured weapons in the presence of children, and a measure helping law enforcement determine if a troubled person owns guns, WAGV has been front and center in the longtime movement to keep children, families and communities healthy and safe.

Our innovative programs working with survivors of gun violence, parents, caretakers, and youth have been replicated nationwide. Gun violence survivors tell us that sharing their stories with others has helped them reclaim their lives. Parents and caretakers have told us that the lessons learned from our Keepin’ Them Safe Program have helped them protect their children from unlocked guns. And youth who have participated in our Dodgin’ The Bullet program have shared that we have helped not only them understand and avoid gun violence but have also helped them reach their friends.

Women Against Gun Violence has two active front-burner programs, our TALK Project that emphasizes safe gun storage; and our Education For Action series of salons and summits that brings together activists, community members, policy makers, and experts to engage in creative problem solving and develop new approaches to address gun violence.

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