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CAGV Celebrates Twenty Successful Years

CAGV Celebrates Twenty Successful Years

Image above: CAGV’s 20th Anniversary Honorees in attendance: (standing) Former Supervisor Susan Rose, City Councilmember Gregg Hart, State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson, City Councilmember Cathy Murillo, Mayor Helene Schneider, Former Mayor Marty Blum, County School Superintendent Bill Cirone; in front: Former Mayor Sheila Lodge, State Assembymember Das Williams, CAGV Chair Toni Wellen, and Supervisor Janet Wolf. […]

Obama's Eulogy for Rev. Pinckney Speaks to Gun Violence & Racism

Obama’s Eulogy for Rev. Pinckney Speaks to Gun Violence & Racism

On June 26, 2015, President Obama delivered an impassioned call for America to confront gun violence and racism during his eulogy of Rev. Clementa Pinckney, one of nine victims of a massacre at Charleston, SC’s Emanuel AME Church. The nine victims include: Clementa Pinckney, 41, senior pastor at the church; Sharonda Coleman Singleton, 45, assistant […]

Santa Barbara Mourns with Charleston

Santa Barbara Mourns with Charleston

The following Oped is written by Toni Wellen, CAGV Chair: Charleston, the community of Santa Barbara understands your grief, your sorrow and pain.  We have shared the loss of loved ones to gun violence and know the angst that remains.  Knowing you will never see your child live a full life, knowing you will never […]

SUCCESS! 2nd Annual Gun BuyBack CAGV Collects 207 Firearms

SUCCESS! 2nd Annual Gun BuyBack CAGV Collects 207 Firearms

The Coalition Against Gun Violence, along with the professional organizing efforts of Sgt. Riley Harwood (seen in the photo above taken by Marian Shapiro) and the Santa Barbara Police Department, held a second gun buyback on June 13, 2015 at Earl Warren Showgrounds. This smoothly run event was once again successfully accomplished. We collected a total of 207 […]

Santa Barbara Vigil Honors Charleston Victims

Santa Barbara Vigil Honors Charleston Victims

A Santa Barbara Vigil Honoring the People of Charleston and the Congregation of the historic Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina was held Friday, June 19th on State & Anapamu. The SB community came together to mourn and honor these 9 lives murdered in a senseless hateful act: Rev. Clementa Pinckney, 41 Cynthia Hurd, […]

LAURA WILCOX
March 5, 1981 — January 10, 2001
Laura’s Law was named after Laura Wilcox who was shot and killed by a seriously mentally ill person in 2001. Amanda and Nick Wilcox, Laura’s parents, worked to advocate forAssembly Bill 1421 now known as Laura’s Law, which was signed into law by Governor Gray Davis in 2002.

Laura’s Law Update Santa Barbara

by Lynne Gibbs, Mental Health Family Advocate On April 21st, the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors failed to take action on a proposal to adopt Laura’s Law in Santa Barbara County, following an impassioned plea by the new Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health Services Director, Alice Gleghorn, that the department could not be ready to […]

Action Alert: UC Regents Gun Industry Divestment

Action Alert: UC Regents Gun Industry Divestment

In the wake of the tragedy in Isla Vista, California, the University of California Santa Barbara community, Campaign2Unload.org, CAGV and others have come together to turn grief into action. Along with students, faculty and alumni we are demanding action from the University of California:  Transparency of its $88 billion endowment and a ban on all […]

LAURA WILCOX
March 5, 1981 — January 10, 2001
Laura’s Law was named after Laura Wilcox who was shot and killed by a seriously mentally ill person in 2001. Amanda and Nick Wilcox, Laura’s parents, worked to advocate forAssembly Bill 1421 now known as Laura’s Law, which was signed into law by Governor Gray Davis in 2002.

CAGV Supports Laura’s Law for Santa Barbara County

In California there is a lack of support services for families who attempt unsuccessfully to obtain help for a mentally ill family member. This is sometimes due to limited county facilities or lack of decent housing; therefore countless chronically mentally ill patients bounce from the street to the jail to the hospital and back again, […]

Assemblymember Das Williams and Amanda Wilcox, Legislation & Policy Chair, CA Brady Campaign Chapters Testifying on AB 1014 at a Senate Public Safety Committee Hearing June 2014.

2014 California State Legislation. Victory Update!

(Image above: Assemblymember Das Williams and Amanda Wilcox, Legislation & Policy Chair, CA Brady Campaign Chapters Testifying on AB 1014 at a Senate Public Safety Committee Hearing June 2014.) AB 1964 UNSAFE HANDGUN – SINGLE SHOT EXEMPTION – Dickinson, (Sacramento) SIGNED INTO LAW JULY 18th BY GOVERNOR BROWN! California law requires that all semiautomatic handguns models sold in the […]

America's Gun Violence Culture: The New Normal?

America’s Gun Violence Culture: The New Normal?

Americans cannot allow gun violence to continue to happen in towns across the country at the frequency it is occurring, and to the degree in which it’s now being considered the “new normal.” Instead use the empathy and compassion expressed by many as inspiration in the continuing growth of our community. We must understand that […]