What happens in communities after a mass shooting? In Michigan, one group is hosting an event to pick up the pieces and push for change.
The media descended on Oxford, as Crumbley’s parents were charged with crimes related to the shooting, fled, then were captured. After a few days, the national media packed up and departed, and a community was left to struggle and heal.
On Thursday, January 27, from 7-9 PM ET, the Detroit Branch of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom is hosting AFTER OXFORD, A Mental and Public Health Forum.
Several local, state, and regional organizations have come together to hold the forum, because as Detroit Branch Secretary Judith Sheldon told PoliticusUSA, “While the catalyst issue is preventing school shootings, the passage of safe storage and other potential red flag laws would benefit all children, all ages, and in all locations.”
The event includes a video presentation from Representative Elissa Slotkin (D-MI) and a panel discussion featuring:
The event is free, and you can register here to attend.
A school shooter’s actions take only minutes, but the impact that they leave behind on their communities lasts for a lifetime or longer.
One community is taking on the problems of the mental health of children and easy access to guns.
Detroit Branch of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom President Laura Dewey highlighted the urgency of the problem, “The urgency of this problem is reflected in the very high level of immediate community responsiveness, from across a wide spectrum.
The urgency is real, as the goal is to prevent the next Oxford from happening in Michigan and around the nation.
The consequences of gun violence expose societal problems with no easy solutions, but the first step is an honest conversation like the one to be held on Thursday night.
Jason is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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Member of the Society of Professional Journalists and The American Political Science Association
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