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CAGV 20th Anniversary Appeal

CAGV 20th Anniversary Appeal

For twenty years, CAGV volunteers and supporters have worked diligently to reduce gun violence on the Central Coast. We’ve grieved for stricken families who have lost loved ones to gun violence in our community and communities across America. We have educated the public and supported legislation to reduce gun violence. And yet, we MUST do […]

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. […]

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, […]

Prosecutors Against Gun Violence

Prosecutors Against Gun Violence

by Joyce Dudley, Santa Barbara County District Attorney  Last year I joined the newly organized group of Prosecutors Against Gun Violence (PAGV). This group is principally made up of elected District Attorneys from across the country, primarily from major cities. PAGV’s mission is to focus on gun violence prevention strategies ranging from policy advocacy to […]

Safer in your home with a firearm, or in your vehicle with seat belts and airbags?

Safer in your home with a firearm, or in your vehicle with seat belts and airbags?

The Violence Policy Center’s (VPC) annual report states that gun deaths outpaced motor vehicle deaths in 14 states and the District of Columbia in 2011, the most recent year for which comprehensive nationwide data is available. In 2011, there were more gun deaths than motor vehicle deaths in the following states: Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Illinois, […]

Well-Armed Patriot Movement American Insurgents

Well-Armed Patriot Movement American Insurgents

If gun ownership is down but gun sales are not, who is purchasing all the firearms? On the television program VICE, which airs global news documentaries, a recent segment on 3/20/15, “We the People” by Gianna Tobni, explored the growing number of Americans joining Patriot groups, taking up arms and patrolling U.S. borders. The Patriot […]

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 […]

Gun Industry Divestment Campaign

Gun Industry Divestment Campaign

Please join the Coalition Against Gun Violence (CAGV) in a Campaign to Divest the University of California system of its holdings in the gun manufacturing industry. In the wake of the May 23, 2014, tragedy in Isla Vista, California, the University of California Santa Barbara community, Campaign2Unload.org, and CAGV have come together to turn grief into […]