• on November 11, 2019

First Tuesday Lecture Series: Moms Against Gun Violence

December 3, 6:30 PM
Asbury Hall

Join us on Tuesday, December 3, 6:30 p.m. in Asbury Hall. The topic will be “Moms Against Gun Violence” presented by Katie O’Sullivan See of Greater Lansing Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense (GLAMS), Michael McKissic of the Mikey 23 Foundation, and Eric Gaines, team leader of Be Smart for Kids. All are welcome to attend. Refreshments will be served.


Katie See is the local team leader for the Greater Lansing Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense (GLAMS), part of the largest grass roots movement against gun violence in the U.S. GLAMS activists engage in education about gun safety through the program Be Safe 4 Kids; promote sensible gun policies through advocacy work at the state and national levels; support local gun sense candidates for public office; honor and support survivors of gun violence; and sustain partnerships with organizations, like Mikey23, that address the underlying causes and enduring consequences of gun violence. Katie is Professor Emerita at MSU, where she was on the Faculty of James Madison College in the field of Social Relations and Policy.

Michael McKissic is the founder and head of the Mikey 23 Foundation which honors the memory of Mikey McKissic, murdered in August of 2015 in an unsolved shooting in Lansing. The foundation seeks to prevent future gun violence in the Lansing area by providing training opportunities in the construction trades for at risk youth and formerly incarcerated through the renovation of houses in Lansing that are in substantial disrepair. The Foundation holds an annual basketball tournament, annual march to stop the violence and a mentoring program for school kids. Under the leadership of Sherry McKissic, the Foundation has begun to raise funds to help with the funeral expenses of local children killed by gun violence whose families are without resources to pay these.

Eric Gaines, who is retired from Physician Health Plan of Michigan, is the Be Smart for Kids Team Leader for Greater Lansing Area Moms Demand Action, a program that focuses on promoting and modeling responsible behaviors around guns, understanding the risks of gun violence especially teen suicide and promoting gun safety.

 At University United Methodist Church, we affirm that as disciples of Jesus Christ, we are an open and inclusive congregation and welcome all persons into full participation regardless of race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic situation, age, ability, education, background and whether single or partnered.

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