GUN SAFETY = GUN SENSE

 Guests:  Jennifer Rosen Heinz, MOMS DEMAND ACTION; Bob Mokos, Survival Fellow, Everytown for Gun Safety

Every day 96 Americans are killed with guns. Nearly two-thirds of gun deaths are suicides. The U.S. gun suicide rate is eight times that of other high-income countries. The U.S. gun homicide rate is 25 times that of other high-income countries. Firearms are the second leading cause of death for American children and teens and the first leading cause of death for Black children and teens. Women in the U.S. are 16 times more likely to be killed with a gun than women in other high-income countries. Access to a gun in a domestic violence situation makes it five times more likely that a woman will be killed. And the statistics continue…

On this program, part 2 of a series, Jennifer Heinz Rosen, a leader and trainer in Madison with MOMS DEMAND ACTION for Gun Sense in America and Bob Mokos, Survival Fellow with Everytown for Gun Safety talk about the impact of guns on every day life. They encourage everyone to BE SMART: SECURE all guns in your home and vehicles; MODEL responsible behavior around guns; ASK about the presence of unsecured guns in other homes; RECOGNIZE the risks of teen suicide; TELL your peers to BE SMART.

To learn more, visit BeSMARTforkids.org.

GUN SENSE = GUN SAFETY

Guests:  Bob Mokos, Survivor Fellow, Everytown for Gun Safety; Jennifer Rosen Heinz, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense

Rights don’t come without responsibility says Bob Mokos, a gun owner, retired military, airline pilot, NRA member and a Survivor Fellow with Everytown for Gun Safety. Everytown for Gun Safety is a movement of Americans working together to end gun violence and build safer communities. Survivor Fellow means that Bob Mokos has personally experienced the loss of a loved one at the hands of a gun. On July 19, 1986, Bob’s sister, Diane, was shot in the head as she was entering her car in a parking lot. The shooter was never caught.

It wasn’t until after the December 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School where 20 children and six adults were shot and killed by a 20-year-old gunman that Mokos’ personal grief began to emerge publicly.

On this program, the first in a two-part series, Bob Mokos is joined by Jennifer Rosen Heinz, a leader and trainer in Madison with Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense. They discuss the Second Amendment, the gun lobby, the evolution of the NRA, mass shootings, guns in schools, and common sense steps that can be taken to reduce gun violence and make communities safer.

ALES FOR ALZHEIMER’S

Guests:  Sara Alvarado, Alvarado Real Estate Group; Amy Blackford, Respite Care Coordinator, Alzheimer’s & Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin; Gregg Potter, Ales for Alzheimer’s Planning Committee

Now billed as Madison’s largest Happy Hour – Ales for Alzheimer’s – is back for its 3rd year. On Thursday, October 25, at the Edgewater Hotel from 4:00 – 9:00 pm, the community is invited to come together for fun, conversation, food, drinks, a wine pull and more to benefit the Alzheimer’s & Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin.

This major fall event began three years ago when two Madison friends and colleagues in real estate, Lynn Holley and Sara Alvarado, began sharing stories with each other about their separate lives as caregivers to a husband and mother who had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. They decided to invite some of their friends to come together for an informal happy hour to talk about the journey they were on. The reaction was an outpouring of support from friends and colleagues and gave birth to the first Ales for Alzheimer’s.

Both Lynn and Sara had turned to the Alzheimer’s & Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin for support and help as caregivers. They decided to continue Ales for Alzheimer’s so the support they received from the ADAW could be sustained. The response has been explosive, setting the scene for the upcoming Ales for Alzheimer’s.

On this program, Sara Alvarado shares her personal journey as her mother’s Alzheimer’s has advanced. Joining her are Amy Blackford and Gregg Potter.

Tickets are $25, include food and serve as a raffle ticket. They can be purchased at First Weber Realtors, Lynn Holley Real Estate Group, Alvarado Real Estate Group, online at Eventbrite and on the Ales for Alz Facebook page. Tickets can also be purchased at the door.

WHEN ICE COMES KNOCKING

Fabiola Hamden- photo courtesy Marcus Miles Photography

Guests:  Fabiola Hamden, Dane County Immigration Affairs Specialist;  Erin Barbato, Director, Immigrant Justice Clinic, UW Law School

“To our local immigrant community:…In Dane County, we welcome you, we respect you, we stand with you and we want to assist you through these challenging times.” Those were the words of Dane County Executive Joe Parisi following the recent unexpected appearance of ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) agents arresting and detaining immigrants in Dane County and other Wisconsin communities. This action has created unprecedented fear within the immigrant community causing people not to go to work, children to miss school, and stories to spread – some which are not true but cause additional panic.

Sensing the need to better serve the immigrant community, earlier this year County Executive Parisi proposed the creation of a County Immigration Specialist which was approved by the Dane County Board of Supervisors. This position provides outreach to immigrant and refugee communities and connects them to the Dane County Immigrant Assistance Collaborative – a partnership of different agencies and organizations supporting immigrants.

On this program, Fabiola Hamden and Erin Barbato bring clarity to the status of immigrants in our communities, both undocumented and legal residents. They describe what happened when ICE appeared without following established protocol, the legal options of those detained, and the breadth of services available to support immigration integration in the U.S.

A Dane County Immigrant Assistance Fund has been established and is being managed by the Madison Community Foundation.

YES, WE CAN COMBAT BLINDNESS

Guests: Suresh Chandra, MD, Founder and Chairman of the Board; Reena Chandra Rajpal, President of the Board; Rick Langer, Board member and volunteer, Combat Blindness, International….

Of the approximately 39 million blind people in the world, about 80% of cases are easily preventable. Combat Blindness International’s mission is to eliminate preventable blindness worldwide. The leading cause of blindness is cataracts, and 90% of the world’s visually impaired people live in developing countries. It is in these countries that Combat Blindness, along with their partners, continues to expand their work by providing cataract surgery for as low as $25.

On this program, Dr. Suresh Chandra, Reena Chandra Rajpal and Rick Langer describe how lives in developing nations are transformed by a simple 20-minute surgery. Combat Blindness also empowers women by supporting young women’s education to become certified ophthalmic technicians. Their work includes screening children for glasses and other eye diseases in the Madison School District as well as in developing nations.

World Sight Day will be celebrated on Wednesday, October 10, at the Madison Concourse Hotel from 5:30-8:30. Dr. Jonathan Patz, Director of the UW Global Health Institute and co-recipient of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore for his work as a lead author for the United National intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, will be the keynote speaker. For registration information, go to combatblindness.org.