Events / Tuesday, July 23rd, 2019

Beloved Community – A Case Study in Hope: From Oakland to the Nation, Faith Partnerships to End Gun Violence

IKAR’s Beloved Community Event
A Case Study in Hope: From Oakland to the Nation, Faith Partnerships to End Gun Violence

Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, Pastor Michael McBride, and Robyn Thomas will join in conversation with IKAR’s Rabbi Sharon Brous.

Dr. Martin Luther King saw the Beloved Community as the result of non-violent work toward justice, the realization of a society in which all people are united in love. Join us for the third event in this series, as we bring together speakers who are leading and inspiring communities in non-violent action.


Speaker Bios:

CONGRESSWOMAN GABRIELLE GIFFORDS is the youngest woman ever elected to the Arizona State Senate. She represented her community in the Arizona Legislature from 2000-2005, and then in Congress from 2006-2012. She quickly became a leading champion of border security, energy independence, and the needs of military families and veterans. On January 8, 2011, she was shot in the head from near point-blank range. In stepping down from Congress in 2012, she said, “I will return, and we will work together for Arizona and this great country.” In 2013, Congresswoman Giffords and her husband founded Giffords Law Center, as a way to encourage elected officials to stand up for safer communities.

PASTOR MICHAEL MCBRIDE is a native of San Francisco and has 20+ years of active ministry. In 2012, Pastor McBride became the National Director for the Lifelines to Healing/LIVE FREE Campaign with the Faith In Action Network. In 2015, he was appointed by President Obama to serve a term on the White House Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships Council to address Poverty and Inequality. He is one of the national leaders in the movement to implement public health and community centered gun violence prevention programs like Operation Ceasefire, which has contributed in 30% reductions of gun related homicides in Oakland and many other cities across the country.

ROBYN THOMAS joined Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence as Executive Director in 2006. Robyn supervises Giffords’ work drafting and defending safer gun laws, as well as educating legislators about evidence-based gun policy. In 2008, Robyn oversaw the organization’s efforts to coordinate the drafting and filing of all amicus briefs in the landmark Supreme Court case District of Columbia v. Heller. Most recently, Robyn spearheaded the creation of the Firearms Accountability Counsel Taskforce, a joint venture between top law firms and the gun violence prevention movement, and Giffords Law Center’s Urban Gun Violence Initiative.

Giffords, McBride, and Thomas will join in conversation with IKAR’s Founder/Senior Rabbi, Rabbi Sharon Brous.

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Sponsored by the Lisa and Maury Friedman Foundation