Plowshare hosts: Stories from Va. Tech families, June 22 at 7 PM Location: The Roanoke Unitarian-Universalist Church, 2015 Grandin Rd.
Presented by Andrew Goddard, of the Virginia Center for Public Safety and Catherine Koebel of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence . Goddard is the father of Colin Goddard, survivor of the Virginia Tech massacre.
Plowshare hopes to organize an action group to work on reducing gun violence as a result of this program. PLEASE spread word about this program to all your friends and groups.
Andrew Goddard has spent 20 years in international humanitarian relief and development, working and living in developing countries. Andrew is the President of the Richmond Chapter of the Million Moms March Against Gun Violence. He is a board member of both the Virginia Center for Public Safety and the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services. He also serves as Board Chair of the National Gun Victims Action Council.
The Virginia Center for Public Safety is a non-profit, non-partisan grass roots
organization dedicated to the reduction of gun violence in Virginia. VACPS
strives to accomplish this mission through awareness, education and advocacy.
VACPS members represent a cross-section of racial, religious, professional and
Catherine Koebel grew up in Blacksburg, VA. In the spring of 2007 her father
taught the 10am MWF class in Norris 207 at Virginia Tech. Jamie Bishop, the 9am professor, was murdered, as were numerous students in his classroom. After the VT massacre, due to the advocacy of family members of VT victims, “I found out about the lax gun laws in this country. I’ve been volunteering and advocating for better gun laws since 2009 in Richmond and nationally with Virginians for Responsible Gun Laws, which is the Virginia campaign of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence.
The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV) seeks to secure freedom from gun
violence through research, strategic engagement and effective policy advocacy.
Their organizational structure is unique among national gun violence prevention
organizations. CSGV is comprised of 47 national organizations working to reduce
gun violence. Their coalition members include religious organizations, child
welfare advocates, public health professionals, and social justice
organizations. This diversity of member organizations allows us to reach a wide
variety of grassroots constituencies who share our vision of non-violence.
“Let’s transform the culture of violence into one of peace and healthy relations!”
(Swords into plowshares: weapons into garden tools)