This has been a rewarding experience, learning and working with elected officials and community leaders in Santa Barbara, California and across the nation. In 2019, CAGV was instrumental in helping California pass 17 gun violence prevention laws. Let’s keep this crucial work going! Consider: your efforts could save one life.

As of January 2020, I must step down as Chair. CAGV needs new leadership in addition to new active members. Friends and supporters — please continue CAGV’s quarter century legacy and hard work for gun violence prevention. CAGV has built a strong collaborative role in California and the nation with other major gun violence prevention organizations.

Below is a list of the most important roles critically needed for CAGV to continue. Please send an email to and let us know you are ready to make a difference in our community. Specific areas of responsibility needed are:

Knowledge of QuickBooks, responsible for checkbook, monthly financial report, Updating Nonprofit documents.
Monitors Membership & Volunteers, correspondence,
Connects with and updates Coalition Partners.
Outreach to faith and civic organizations,
Oversee Storage of CAGV documents/event materials.
Creates opportunities for Town Halls, vigils and public events,
Organizes and Coordinates events.

What can you do? If you are a supporter BECOME AN ACTIVE MEMBER.  Consider: If not me, who?  If not now when?  Recommit and support the Coalition Against Gun Violence. Please complete the form as an Individual or a Partner Organization, and mail your $25 membership fee and then if possible, give an additional amount. (Click here or on the image below and it will take you to the pdf form on our website which you can easily fill out and return.)

CAGV is Santa Barbara’s gun violence prevention organization. We are unique because we are local and work with all other gun violence organizations state-wide and nationally. To become ACTIVE reply by email or call 805-564-6803.

In 2020, my CAGV contribution will focus on legislation, speaking and writing. You can help with that effort. I will maintain my representation with CAGV via our principle that freedom from fear is a basic human right and that the unacceptable levels of gun violence require a public health approach through education, legislation and community activism. It has been an unexpected honor to take on this role.


Toni Wellen, CAGV

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