21 YEARS OF NOTABLE SPEAKERS

The Coalition Against Gun Violence has been honored to bring to Santa Barbara for our annual event excellent speakers who have brought their expertise on a variety of issues all related to the problems of gun violence in America:

  1. Andrew McGuire
    2000
    Andrew McGuire
    Andrew McGuire, heads the CA Trauma Foundation, and was Executive Director of the Million Mom March, and Mary Leigh Blek, President of the Million Mom March.
  2. Jack Scott
    1999
    Jack Scott
    Assemblymember Jack Scott from the 44th District representing 10 communities around Pasadena, has been a champion of sensible gun legislation and authored many important bills.
  3. Dr. Ed Donnerstein
    1998
    Dr. Ed Donnerstein
    Dr. Ed Donnerstein, Dean of the College of Letters and Sciences at UC Santa Barbara and director of a four-university study, $3.3 billion dollar, 3-year study on violence in the media; shared his data on how children are affected by television and games.
  4. Patricia Saber, M.D.
    1997
    Patricia Saber, M.D.
    Patricia Saber, M.D., Co-founder Physicians for a Violent Free Society, focused on domestic violence as a public health issue and the issues of dealing with gun violence as an emergency room physician.
  5. Chief Larry Todd
    1996
    Chief Larry Todd
    Los Gatos Police Chief Larry Todd hid 6 to 8 firearms of all sizes on his body to demonstrate the ease of concealing a weapon.
  6. Robert E. McAfee
    1995
    Robert E. McAfee
    Robert E. McAfee, M.D., President of the A.M.A., inspired our newly formed group focusing on gun violence as a healthcare crisis.
  7. Philip Alpers
    2001
    Philip Alpers
    Philip Alpers, editor of Gun Policy News and Founding member of (IANSA) International Action Network on Small Arms, speaks on domestic gun regulations at the United Nations and other international forums.
  8. Tom Diaz
    2002
    Tom Diaz
    Tom Diaz, Senior Policy Analyst at the Violence Policy Center Author, journalist, expert on terrorism, assault weapons, sniper rifles and a former NRA member.
  9. Andres Soto
    2003
    Andres Soto
    Andres Soto,Policy Director CA Trauma Foundation and Pacific Center for Violence Prevention and California state gun control lobbyist, assisted localities in passing local ordinances to ban residential gun dealers, Junk Guns and gun shows.
  10. Paul Koretz
    2004/2005
    Paul Koretz
    Assemblymember Paul Koretz represents the 42nd District and includes many well-known areas of Los Angeles. A major leader in the gun control movement and author of AB 50, which bans the sale of .50 caliber rifles in California and was recently signed into law.
  11. Mary Leigh
    2007
    Mary Leigh
    “For Whom the Bell Tolls” featured Mary Leigh and Charles Blek, founding members of the Bell Campaign which was the fiscal sponsor of the Million Mom March held in Washington DC on Mother’s Day 2000. The group merged with the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence in 2001 with Charles as the initial president of the California Brady Chapters. Mary Leigh has addressed the United Nations on two occasions regarding the regulation, sale and transfer of global arms.
  12. Jackson Katz
    2006
    Jackson Katz
    Jackson Katz, founder and director of MVP Strategies, an organization that provides gender violence prevention training and materials to U.S. colleges, high schools, law enforcement agencies, U.S. military services, community organizations and businesses. Author of the award-winning video, “Tough Guise: Violence, Media and the Crisis in Masculinity “ and “The Macho Paradox: Why Some Men Hurt Women and How All Men Can Help” a book published in April of 2006.
  13. Kevin de Leon
    2008
    Kevin de Leon
    “Bullets or Crayons” with Assemblymember Kevin de Leon (45th District of Los Angeles) whose bill AB 2062 seeks to combat the easy accessibility to handgun ammunition that fuels gun violence and criminal activity. Special Introductory Speaker, Michael Mehas, author of the novel, “Stolen Boy” the drama of Jesse James Hollywood about a 15-year old boy who was murdered in Santa Barbara. Hollywood and his friends are currently serving prison time for this offense.
  14. SB Community
    2009
    SB Community
    CAGV’s 14th Annual Luncheon highlighted this year’s theme – Youth Empowerment for Safety, the Y.E.S. Fair, held on the previous day. Key organizations and young people involved in the Y.E.S. Fair entertained and shared commentary about this exciting new venture.
  15. Josh Horwitz
    2010
    Josh Horwitz
    “New Decade New Challenges” at CAGV’s 15th Anniversary Celebration our speaker was Josh Horwitz, Executive Director of two nonprofits—Coalition to Stop Gun Violence and Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence. Mr. Horwitz implemented an advocacy campaign that led to California’s microstamping law. He spoke about his book, “Guns, Democracy and the Insurrectionist Idea” demonstrating how reasonable gun regulation is essential to the survival of democracy and liberty.
  16. Colin Goddard
    2011
    Colin Goddard
    “Virginia Tech, Tucson & Beyond” was the theme for CAGV’s 16th Anniversary Celebration with speaker Colin Goddard, Virginia Tech Shooting Survivor and Brady Campaign Assistant Director of Federal Legislation. Mr. Goddard spoke about his experience of going from gun violence victim to an outspoken advocate for greater gun control. Mr. Goddard also shared excerpts from his award winning documentary, “Living for 32” directed by Kevin Breslin and produced by the board of directors of the Brady Campaign.
  17. Amanda & Nick Wilcox
    2012
    Amanda & Nick Wilcox
    “Enlightening Our Community About The Causes, Risks And Consequences Of Gun Violence,” was the theme for CAGV’s 17th Anniversary Celebration with speakers Amanda & Nick Wilcox, Legislation & Policy Chairs, California Chapters of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, and Advocates of, “LAURA’S LAW.” They spoke about their tragic experience of losing their daughter, Laura Wilcox, in a rampage shooting by a seriously mentally ill person in 2001, and how they began committing their lives to working to reduce violence. They worked hard to advocate for Assembly bill 1421 — now known as LAURA’S LAW — which was signed into law by California Governor Gray Davis in 2002. Laura’s Law is a California state law allowing counties to pursue court-ordered outpatient treatment for people with serious mental illness. Description
  18. Juliet A. Leftwich
    2013
    Juliet A. Leftwich
    “Regulating Guns in America: How Strong Gun Laws Can Make Our Communities Safer” was the focus of CAGV’s 18th Anniversary Celebration with speaker Juliet A Leftwich, Legal Director of The Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, founded in 1993 by lawyers in the wake of the 101 California Street assault weapons massacre in downtown San Francisco. The Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence (formerly Legal Community Against Violence) provides comprehensive legal expertise in support of gun violence prevention and the promotion of smart gun laws that save lives. As a non-profit organization, the Law Center provides free legal assistance to governmental entities and gun violence prevention and allied organizations. Description
  19. Lawrence Rosenthal
    2014
    Lawrence Rosenthal
    Keynote speaker Lawrence Rosenthal and Coalition Against Gun Violence chair Toni Wellen at the group's 19th annual program.
  20. Billie Weiss
    2016
    Billie Weiss
    ​Make the Future Safer! 21st Annual Anniversary Celebration Keynote Speaker: Billie Weiss, Associate Director UCLA School of Public Health Comments by Assemblymember Das Williams Our Annual Anniversary Event has SOLD OUT the past two year, so please make your reservations BELOW!
  21. Honoring Leaders
    2015
    Honoring Leaders
    On this special day CAGV will honor outstanding individuals who have led the way in gun violence prevention since CAGV’s inception in 1995: former SB City Mayor Marty Blum, Congresswoman Lois Capps, SB County Supervisor Salud Carbjal, SB County School Superintendent Bill Cirone, SB County District Attorney Joyce Dudley, SB County Supervisor Doreen Farr, SB City Councilmember Gregg Hart, CA State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson, founder and Chair Emeritus Los Angeles Women Against Gun Violence Ann Reiss Lane, former SB City Mayor Sheila Lodge, SB City Councilmember Cathy Murillo, CAGV founder and Chair Ilene Pritikin (posthumously), former SB County Supervisor Susan Rose, CAGV founder and Treasurer Selma Rubin (posthumously), SB Police Chief Cam Sanchez, SB City Mayor Helene Schneider, CAGV founder and Chair Toni Wellen, SB City Councilmember Harwood “Bendy” White, CA State Assemblymember Das Williams, SB County Supervisor Janet Wolf.